FICCI Wel­comes Draft Na­tional Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pol­icy 2018

FICCI Business Digest - - Policy Monitor -

4 May 2018

On 1 May 2018, Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Govern­ment of In­dia, re­leased the draft of the tele­com pol­icy ti­tled 'Na­tional Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pol­icy 2018'. Con­sid­er­ing the rapidly chang­ing land­scape of ICT (In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy) sec­tor of In­dia, the draft pol­icy is in­deed a timely step to­wards a re­think on the over­all de­vel­op­ment and di­rec­tion of the sec­tor, keep­ing in mind the in­ter­est of the In­dian ci­ti­zen. The draft pol­icy is a con­sul­ta­tion-based, well-con­sid­ered doc­u­ment which ad­dresses nearly all is­sues in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor, such as li­cens­ing and reg­u­la­tory re­forms, re­duc­tion of costs, re­view of Univer­sal Ser­vice Obli­ga­tion Fund, aug­men­ta­tion of tele­com in­fra­struc­ture and new tech­nolo­gies such as 5G, IoT (In­ter­net of Things) and AI (Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence). With a fo­cus on build­ing state-of-the-art dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, the pol­icy is ex­pected to usher in a new era for the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor with a light-touch, for­ward-look­ing, tech­nol­ogy-friendly reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment. FICCI wel­comes this ini­tia­tive by the Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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