TRAI releases inputs for new Telecom Policy

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested that the National Telecom Policy 2018 should be renamed as the Information and Communication Technologies Policy – 2018.

It also pitched for its own restructuring so that it could function as a converged regulator for the ICT (information and communications technology) and broadcasting sector.

While releasing the ‘inputs for formulation of National telecom Policy-2018’, on Friday the telecom regulator also suggested review of the satellite communications (SATCOM) policy for communication services keeping in view the international developments and social and economic needs of the country.

In its inputs, TRAI has set a target to attract an investment of $100 billion in communications by 2022 and planned to leapfrog the country into the top-50 nations in the ICT Development Index released by International Telecommunication Union every year.

The telecom regulator said the objective of the NTP 2018 would be to enable access at affordable prices for wireless broadband services, including through satellite to 90 per cent population by 2022.

The TRAI recommendations follows request by Department of Telecommunications to provide policy inputs.

It its recommendations the TRAI have tried to focus on at least 18 objectives of the proposed policy.

TRAI said the vision of the new policy should be developing a competitive, sustainable and investor-friendly information and communication technologies (ICT) market for rollout of digital communication infrastructure to provide affordable and consumer-friendly products.

The regulator said to enable access for IoT, M2M sensors, devices, there should be close coordination with stakeholders relating to agriculture, smart cities, intelligent transport networks and consumer durables to develop market for IoT/ M2M connectivity services.

The telecom regulator aims to deploy 2 million public WLAN including Wi-Fi hotspots in the country by 2020 and 5 million by 2022.

It said the objective is to enable access for connecting to 1 billion Internet of Things,Machine-to-Machine sensors,devices by 2020 and 5 million by 2022.

“For orderly growth of the sector, it is essential that interests of the consumers are fully protected and their grievances are quickly redressed. This should be strengthened through awareness, establishing office of telecom ombudsman, and centralised web-based compliant redressal system,” TRAI added.

 

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