The Telecom Commission approved the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) with regard to Net Neutrality. With this, there will be free and fair access to Internet with no discrimination in content or speed allowed by any telecom service provider.
The Commission also approved the National Digital Communications Policy on Wednesday to bring revolution in Telecom and Digital Ecosystem in the country. The new National Telecom Policy aims to promote investments, ease of doing business and improved technologies like 5G in India. The Department of Telecom (DoT) will now send the policy for Cabinet Approval, after which it will be tabled in Parliament for approval.
With the approval of new National Telecom Policy, DoT further seeks to create 4 million job opportunities and attract investments of around $100 billion by 2022. This heavy investment will help increase telecom sector’s contribution to the Country’s GDP from existing 6% to 8% in the coming years.
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Giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India mission a boost, DoT will start two new schemes for the installation of Gram Net and Jan Wi-Fi. Under the program, around 12.5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed across all the gram panchayats. The DoT will provide around Rs. 6,000 crore for the installation of Wi-Fi hotspots to connect all police stations, post offices, high schools and secondary schools, primary health centres and community centres under gram panchayats. The Department will roll out the tender for this and the project will be completed by December.
- Under the New National Telecom Policy, the government aims to provide minimum download speed of 50 Mbps for every household.
- The Telecom sector will provide around 40 lakh jobs in next 4 years.
- The new policy aims to promote ease of doing business which will result in early roll out of improved technologies like 5G.
- Each gram panchayat will be equipped with 5 Wi-Fi hotspots.