National Digital Communications Policy-2018 approved
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.