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.
The National Digital Communications Policy will at end result in:
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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