Na­tional Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pol­icy-2018 ap­proved

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The union cab­i­net has ap­proved the Na­tional Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pol­icy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re­des­ig­nated the Tele­com Com­mis­sion as the Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion.

The pol­icy aims to con­nect, pro­pel and se­cure In­dia uni­ver­sal broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity at 50 Mbps to every cit­i­zen, pro­vide 1 Gbps con­nec­tiv­ity to all gram pan­chay­ats, en­sure con­nec­tiv­ity to all un­cov­ered ar­eas and at­tract in­vest­ments of $100 bil­lion in the dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor. It en­vi­sions sup­port­ing In­dia’s tran­si­tion to a dig­i­tally em­pow­ered econ­omy and so­ci­ety by ful­fill­ing the in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions needs of cit­i­zens and en­ter­prises by es­tab­lish­ment of re­silient and af­ford­able dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices.

The pol­icy ad­vo­cates 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; cre­at­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism be­tween cen­tre, states and lo­cal bod­ies for Com­mon Rights of Way, stan­dard­iza­tion of costs and time­lines; re­moval of bar­ri­ers to ap­provals; and fa­cil­i­tat­ing devel­op­ment of Open Ac­cess Next Gen­er­a­tion Net­works.

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