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New Telecom Policy To Be Placed Before Cabinet In Two Weeks

By Sreyasi De 06-Sep-2018

The much awaited New Telecom Policy or the National Digital Communications Policy is going to be tabled before the Cabinet in two weeks for approval. Although, the timeline is tentative, yet the information has been confirmed by telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan. During a BSNL event, she has quoted "It is likely to be placed in two weeks" in this regard. She further added that Department of Telecom has already completed an inter-ministerial consultation over this new policy and now working on required processes that need to be fulfilled before the draft get tabled before the cabinet for approval. Once issued, the new telecom policy promise to provide broadband access with 50 mbps speed across country along with 5G services. This new policy is also expected to create 40 lakh new job opportunities by 2022. The new telecom policy will be adopting "Optimal Pricing of Spectrum" to maintain a sustainable and affordable digital communication access. The main concern of telecom services segment has always been the high spectrum price and related charges that is reeling under Rs 7.8 lakh crore debt. Recently the government has issued National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) which has great potential for Indian economy. This policy is expected to bring investment around Rs 6.5 lakh crore and to create 40 lakh new work opportunities. The new policy is also expected to rationalize spectrum charges that will rejuvenate the debt-ridden telecom sector.

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