New telecom policy gets go ahead, to attract $100 billion investments

The new policy also talks of setting up a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals.

The Union Cabinet, on Wednesday, approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018).
 
The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, re-named the Telecom Commission as the "Digital Communications Commission”.
 
The policy envisions India's transition to a digitally empowered economy and society, where the information and communications needs of citizens and enterprises will be met by establishment of a ubiquitous, resilient and affordable digital communications infrastructure and services. 
 
In a note, the government said, "The ‘customer focused’ and ‘application driven’ NDCP-2018 shall lead to new ideas and innovations, after the launch of advanced technology such as 5G, IoT, M2M, etc., which shall govern the telecom sector of India."
 
The new policy aims to provide universal broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps to every citizen of this country, ensure digital sovereignty, and create 40 lakh additional jobs in the Digital Communications sector, increasing the contribution of the sector's contribution to 8 per cent of India's GDP from about 6 per cent in 2017, propel India in the top 50 nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017.
 
These objectives are to be achieved by 2022.
 
It envisions to attract investments of $100 billion in the Digital Communications sector, train 10 lakh manpower for building New Age Skill, expand IoT ecosystem to 500 crore connected devices, facilitate India's effective participation in the global digital economy, and secure digital communications infrastructure and services.
 
The new policy also talks of setting up a comprehensive data protection regime for digital communications that safeguards the privacy, autonomy and choice of individuals.

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