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Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018; plans to propel India to top 50 nations in IoT index

Updated: Sep 28, 2018 08:10:59am

Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018; plans to propel India to top 50 nations in IoT index

New Delhi, Sept 28 (KNN) The Union Cabinet has approved a new telecom policy named ‘National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018, designed to provide ‘broadband to all’, said Manoj Sinha, Union Communications Minister.

Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Sinha said that among other targets, the policy aims to "provide broadband to all and create 40 lakh jobs".

The new policy plans to propel India to the top 50 nations in the Information and Communication Technology Development Index of the International Telecommunication Union from 134 in 2017, enhancing the country's contribution to global value chains and ensuring digital sovereignty, the minister added.

The contribution of digital communications sector would be enhanced to 8 per cent from 6 per cent in 2017 as a result of the new policy, the minister said.

Further, the government plans to expand the ecosystem of Internet-of-Things (IoT) to five billion devices and facilitate India's "effective participation" in the global digital economy. 

It also aims at providing a "ubiquitous, resilient, secure and affordable" digital communication services, he added.

Aiming to establish a “comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy, and choice of individuals, NDCP will replace the National Telecom Policy 2012.It also aims to ensure India's "digital sovereignty", as per the statement.

The policy aimed at providing universal availability of 50 mega bits per second (Mbps) and attracting investments worth $100 billion, was approved by the Telecom Commission in July after the government came out with a draft policy in May.

It seeks to enforce accountability through appropriate institutional mechanisms to assure citizens of safe and secure digital communications infrastructure and services, as per the statement.

Further the policy targets to provide 1Gbps (giga-bits per second) connectivity to all 'gram panchayats' by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022.

As per NDCP, the government would establish a National Digital Grid and also form a National Fibre Authority. It also aims to remove barriers in approvals.


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