New Telecom Policy, which is ‘likely to be functional’ from FY’18 has been proposed in the upper house of parliament (The Rajya Sabha) by MoS (IC) for Communications Mr. Manoj Sinha on Friday. The minister submitted a written plan to the house about how the department of telecom (DoT) is working on preparing a new telecom policy, a draft to which is proposed to be submitted by the end of this fiscal (i.e. around December end).
This new policy will be driven by technological innovations and the removal of loopholes of the existing policy will be taken into consideration. The telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that we have started the process by meeting operators, infrastructure providers, industry associations and standard bodies. The department of telecom will soon write to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and seek their input on the draft.
The areas of focus in the new policy will be internet for all, 5G internet services, Internet of Things (IoT), skill development and security. The customer may also be able to take their grievances of operator related matters to the consumer courts. India as a country is a growing economy to which the rise of social networking has added a lot, so to empower every citizen of India with an easy-to-access internet connection which actually works well as far as the speed is concerned will be a huge reform for the country and yet another step towards digitally empowered India.
The new telecom policy formulation is being framed at a time when the industry is saddled with financial difficulties. After the entry of an aggressive newcomer Reliance Jio and their free data and voice offerings, revenue and profitability of both large and small operators have been affected. The significant step of reforming the existing policy in times when many of the operators are facing a financial drawback is a bold move by the government and DoT as far as the plan, come up with remains profitable for us.
The Telecom Policy 2012 (currently active in all parts of India) had some major impact on the telecom industry by taking key steps such as full mobile number portability, liberalization of spectrum and allowing delinking of spectrum from license among others. So let us see what good the new policy will bring to the communication industry and over everything else, to us.
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