Draft telecom policy seeks $100 billion investments, 4 million new jobs by 2022

A 22-page document has been put before public domian to seek their comments.

The Department of Telecom has unveiled the draft of National Digital Communications Policy – 2018.
 
A 22-page document has been put before public domian to seek their comments.
 
The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 seeks to unlock the transformative power of digital communications networks - to achieve the goal of digital empowerment and well-being of the people of India.
 
By 2022, the draft policy says, DoT aims to attract investments of $100 billion in the digital communications sector, rain/re-skill 1 million manpower for building new age skills and also vie to expand IoT ecosystem to 5 billion connected devices.
 
As per document, digital infrastructure and services are increasingly emerging as the key enablers and critical determinants of a country’s growth and well-being.
 
The task before India’s policy makers is to ensure that the advantages of the new technologies are accessible to all equitably and affordably; while securing them against existing and emerging threats. 
 
"At the current pace of digitisation and digitalisation, it is estimated that India’s digital economy has the potential to reach $1 trillion by 2025," said the draft.
 
By 2022, the National Communications Policy aims to accomplish the strategic objectives of providing broadband for all; creating 4 million additional jobs in the digital communications sector; enhancing the contribution of the digital communications sector to 8 per cent of India’s GDP from about 6 per cent in 2017; propelling India to the top 50 nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017; enhancing India’s contribution to global value chains; and ensuring digital sovereignty.  
 
The initiative also include implementing a ‘Fibre First Initiative’ to take fibre to the home, to enterprises and to key development institutions in Tier I, II and III towns and to rural clusters.
 
Source: Draft document of DoT

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