The National digital communication policy 2018
By Sandeep nagyaan · 27 Sep 2018
Context:- The cabinet on Wednesday accepted the new telecom policy, now named National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018, which aims to magnetize USD 100 billion Investment and create 4 million jobs in the sector by 2022. About Policy: The National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 seeks to unlock the transformative power of digital communications networks - to accomplish the purpose of digital empowerment and improved well being of the people of India; and towards this end, attempts to outline a set of goals, initiatives, strategies and intended policy outcomes.
Aim of the Policy:- (1) NDCP is focused on increasing high-speed broadband access, with use of modern technologies like 5G and optical fibres across the country at reasonably priced rates. (2) The draft promised to rationalise levies such as spectrum charges to revitalize debt-ridden telecom sector. The projected new telecom policy seeks to provide broadband access to all with 50 megabit per second speed, 5G services and create 40 lakh new jobs by 2022. (3) It included provisions to adopt “Optimal Pricing of Spectrum” to ensure sustainable and affordable access to digital communications. High spectrum price and related charges have been main concern of telecom services segment, which is reeling under a debt of around Rs 7.8 lakh crore. (4) Enhancing the contribution of the Digital Communications sector to 8% of India’s GDP from ~ 6% in 2017. (5) Propelling India to the Top 50 Nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017. (6) Enhancing India’s contribution to Global Value Chains and Ensuring Digital Sovereignty.
Object of 2022:- (a) Provide Universal broadband connectivity at 50Mbps to every citizen. (b) Provide 1Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats of India by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022. (c) Enable 100 Mbps broadband on demand to all key development institutions, including all educational institutions. (d) Enable fixed line broadband access to 50% of households. (e) Achieve ‘unique mobile subscriber density’ of 55 by 2020 and 65 by 2022. (f) Enable deployment of public Wi-Fi Hotspots; to reach 5 million by 2020 and 10 million by 2022. (g) Ensure connectivity to all uncovered areas. Sources- ( DoT & ht)