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Industry proposals under scrutiny for National Telecom Policy 2018

NEW DELHI: The department of telecommunications (DoT) is currently evaluating the suggestions made by telecom sector stakeholders for the formulation of the upcoming National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018, a top official Thursday said.

“We are in the midst of important developments. The compilation is done and we are examining all representations and suggestions for the National Telecom Policy. Trai has itself also made its presentation,” DoT Special Secretary N Sivasailam said.

The watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), according to the official was told to wait till January end and complete consultation process before putting all things together.

The Nadrendra Modi-led NDA government plans to bring a new telecom policy in March this year to address futuristic technologies such as 5G so that India could not lag behind the world in the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT).

Sector regulator in a consultation paper last week said that the new telecom policy 2018 can have goals such as facilitating the development of communication infrastructure and services to achieve inclusive socio-economic growth in the country, and to propel India to become the front-runner in the fourth industrial revolution.

Sivasailam also said that India has become a part in the development of 5G technology ecosystem worldwide the way it didn’t contributed in previous technologies such as 2G, 3G or 4G.

“With Low Mobility Large Cell (LMLC) in 5G, India is a part of ecosystem while standards alone will not help unless we develop manufacturing in India,” the official said, adding that manufacturing ecosystem assumes much significance.

Trai Secretary Sunil K Gupta said that India’s contribution to the indigenous telecom equipment is dismal while rival China is at peak.

“Telecom imports is increasing which is through an important concern,” Gupta said, adding that the regulator has asked for stakeholders’ comments so that targets could be fixed for telecom gear and components manufacturing.

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