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Telecom Commission to take a look at the draft of NDCP 2018 by June-end

June 11, 2018
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The final draft of the next telecom policy and net neutrality will be taken up by the Telecom Commission in the upcoming meeting at the end of the month. The government of India came up with a new draft policy for the telecom sector called the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 on May 1, 2018. The policy was open for comments and suggestions till the end of May. More than 1,000 comments have come in, which are being reviewed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), after which the final draft will be taken to the Telecom Commission for approval.

The aim of the policy is to boost technologies like 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine communications. The draft which was released by the DoT plans to create four million jobs and attract $100 billion foreign investments by 2022.

The timing of this new policy coincides with the time when the sector is facing huge debts amounting to approximately Rs 8 trillion. Also the revenue and profitability of operators have come under severe pressure as a result of competition from Reliance Jio leading to consolidation in the telecom sector.

Net neutrality will also be a part of the discussion in the upcoming meeting. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has supported principles of a free and open internet and prohibited discriminatory treatment of content and practices such as blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content.

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