New Telecom Policy 2018 Gets Cabinet Nod

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the new telecom policy. The policy, named National Digital Communications Policy 2018 or NDCP 2018 was released in May this year and was in a draft form.

The telecom minister Manoj Sinha Wednesday announced that it has got the cabinet nod.  The policy, besides telecommunication,  has tried to cover areas such as Internet of Things, M2M, Cloud Computing, 5G and electronics manufacturing. Not only that, the National Telecom Policy 2018 also includes guidelines for IPR, artificial intelligence, foreign investments, job creation and cyber and digital security.

The new telecom policy also aims at an investment inflow of $100 billion in the telecommunications sector.

New Telecom Policy 2018 : What It Wants To Achieve

The objective of the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 is to prepare the country and its citizens for the future from a communications technology point of view. The framework of the policy is expected to help the citizens in enjoying the power of digital communications networks. The strategic objectives of the policy include :

  • Availability of broadband for all
  • Creating 40 lakh additional jobs in digital communications sector
  • Increasing digital communication sector’s GDP contribution to 8% from current 6%
  • To take India to the Top 50 nations in ITU ICT Development Index from 134 in 2017
  • Enhancing India’s contribution in Global digital value chain
  • Ensuring digital sovereignty

The government has a three prong strategy to achieve the above targets.

Connect India : The aim of the Connect India strategy is to create a robust digital communication infrastructure for the country where the entire country can be connected. This will be achieved by using ‘Broadband for All’ as a tool, means, availability of high speed broadband connectivity for each and every citizen of the country.

Propel India : The government believes it will not be enough if just a robust communications network is provided. The country should make bigger strides towards the newer technologies including 5G, IoT, AI, Cloud and other next generation technologies. And to achieve that the country needs more investment in those areas and intellectual property rights should obtained in every aspect of the new technologies and solutions.

Secure India : The third aspect of the policy is securing the nation from a digital and cyber network point of view. It is often said the next war would not fought on land, water or air but on a virtual space, and securing a country’s digital infrastructure, will be paramount.

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