Union Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy 2018

Sep 26, 2018 17:24 IST
Union Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy 2018

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on September 26, 2018 approved the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (NDCP-2018), the new telecom policy of the country.

The cabinet also accorded approval to the re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the "Digital Communications Commission”.

National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (NDCP-2018)

The NDCP-2018 envisions supporting India's transition to a digitally empowered economy and society by fulfilling the information and communications needs of citizens and enterprises by establishing a resilient and affordable digital communications infrastructure and services.

This customer focused and application driven policy will lead to new ideas and innovations after the launch of advanced technology such as 5G, IOT, and M2M which will govern the telecom sector.

Objectives of the policy

  • Provide universal broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps to every citizen
  • Provide 1 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022
  • Ensure connectivity to all uncovered areas
  • Attract investments of USD 100 billion in the Digital Communications Sector
  • Train 1 million manpower for building New Age Skill
  • Expand IoT ecosystem to 5 billion connected devices
  • Establish a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals
  • Facilitate India's effective participation in the global digital economy
  • Enforce accountability through appropriate institutional mechanisms
  • Secure digital communications infrastructure and services

Strategy

  • Establishment of a National Digital Grid by creating a National Fibre Authority
  • Establishing Common Service Ducts and utility corridors in all new city and highway road projects
  • Creation of a collaborative institutional mechanism between Centre, States and Local Bodies for common rights of way, standardisation of costs and timelines
  • Removal of barriers to approvals
  • Facilitating development of Open Access Next Generation Networks

The end product

The National Digital Communications Policy will at end result in:

  • Broadband for all
  • Creation of four million additional jobs in the Digital Communications sector
  • Enhance the contribution of the Digital Communications sector to 8 percent of India's GDP from around 6 percent in 2017
  • Propel India to the Top 50 Nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017
  • Enhance India's contribution to Global Value Chains
  • Ensure Digital Sovereignty

The government targets to achieve these objectives by 2022.

What led to the formation of the new telecom policy?

• At present, the world is witnessing an era of modern technological advancements in the Telecom Sector such as 5G, Internet of Things (loT), Machine to machine (M2M) communication, etc.

• Considering this transformation, the government felt a need to introduce a policy for the Indian Telecom Sector which can form the main pillar of Digital India by addressing emerging opportunities.

• Accordingly, the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 was formulated in place of the existing National Telecom Policy 2012.

 

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