NTP 2012: A Good Be­gin­ning

Voice&Data - - STRUCTURES CABLING - Pravin Prashant prav­inp@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

The Na­tional Tele­com Pol­icy 2012 (NTP 2012) has fi­nally been ap­proved by the Union Cabi­net. It is a wel­come move by the gov­ern­ment as one can now look at things afresh and all this can now speed up tele­com ac­tiv­ity in the coun­try. All the stake­hold­ers have to now work hard to achieve the ob­jec­tives of NTP 2012.

In terms of statis­tics, the pol­icy talks about in­creas­ing ru­ral tele­den­sity from present 39 to 70 by 2017 and 100 by 2020. This is a good move but the way cur­rent spec­trum prices have been de­signed by Trai and fu­ture spec­trum prices will be based on last auc­tion price, the task looks highly im­pos­si­ble since af­ford­abil­ity will be a big is­sue in ru­ral ar­eas. The de­mand of tele­com ser­vices is in­versely pro­por­tional to tele­com tar­iffs, so fo­cus should be on keep­ing tar­iffs low. To achieve this, the gov­ern­ment has to come up with some in­no­va­tive ways to reach 100% ru­ral tele­den­sity within 8 years.

With re­spect to broad­band, NTP 2012 talks about broad­band for all and even down­load speed has been in­creased from 512 Kbps to 2 Mbps. The in­crease in down­load speed will re­sult in re­duc­tion of broad­band con­nec­tions which presently hov­ers around 13 mn. Op­er­a­tors need to see how they can in­crease broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity and achieve 175 mn broad­band con­nec­tions by 2017 and 600 mn con­nec­tions by 2020.

This is not an easy task and op­er­a­tors need to brainstorm on how to pro­vide value for money. Even band­width prices need to be cut dras­ti­cally so that one can achieve their num­bers com­fort­ably. Also, op­er­a­tors need to cre­ate a sturdy broad­band in­fra­struc­ture for data-hun­gry ap­pli­ca­tions of fu­ture.

Mak­ing In­dia a global hub is one of the key ob­jec­tives of NTP 2012 but this looks to me the most dif­fi­cult task as one has to start from scratch. The value ad­di­tion clause will be a big plus but it has to be im­ple­mented se­ri­ously by the gov­ern­ment. DoT should also see that 80% of the lo­cal de­mand is met through do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing which will give a big push to In­dia in be­com­ing a global hub for tele­com man­u­fac­tur­ing. Also, lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers have to set up their base out­side In­dia so that one can book ex­port or­ders from Asian and African coun­tries.

For man­u­fac­tur­ing to suc­ceed, the gov­ern­ment has to set up a com­plete ecosys­tem. The gov­ern­ment should en­cour­age com­pa­nies to plan and in­vest in the coun­try as China presently has over ca­pac­i­ties and com­pa­nies are plan­ning to de-risk their busi­ness by in­vest­ing in new lo­ca­tions and In­dia seems to be an ideal lo­ca­tion.

The gov­ern­ment needs to pack­age man­u­fac­tur­ing in such a way that in­vestors get their re­turn on in­vest­ment. Even time-bound clear­ances for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies will be a big plus as it will help them in build­ing ca­pac­i­ties with­out any cost es­ca­la­tion.

Full mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity and free roam­ing will be a big plus for the con­sumers but op­er­a­tors will have a tough time to see how they can re­cover their rev­enue loss and ad­just them with the grow­ing traf­fic. Al­low­ing voice over IP will be a big ad­van­tage but be­fore com­ment­ing one has to see the com­plete nit­ties and grit­ties on what has been al­lowed and what not.

It is good to see gov­ern­ment em­brac­ing new tech­nolo­gies like cloud com­put­ing and IPV6 and they should be the first to im­ple­ment these in their re­spec­tive de­part­ments to see the real ben­e­fit and then go for mass scale de­ploy­ment.

All this is good but the gov­ern­ment should have also en­sured that the fi­nal pol­icy ap­proved by the Union Cabi­net should also be made avail­able to all stake­hold­ers so that bu­reau­cracy can be min­i­mized and In­dia can achieve the ob­jec­tives of NTP 2012.

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