FICCI Welcomes Draft National Digital Communications Policy 2018
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.