India consults on new telecoms policy
TRAI, India’s telecoms regulator, has consulted on a new telecoms policy being formulated by the government to attract $100 billion worth of investment in a sector that's going through consolidation amid intense competition, notes Economic Times. “As part of the consultations for the National Telecom Policy 2018, TRAI has set objectives including leapfrogging into the top 50 nations in terms of network readiness, communication systems and services. TRAI suggested that telecom systems and services should be considered as essential infrastructure for development and recommended a review of licence and regulatory compliance costs, keeping in view global practices.” Among the goals are attaining an average speed of 20 Mbps for wireless and 50 Mbps for wireline internet connectivity, achieving full rural tele-density and enabling access for wireline broadband services in 50% of the households in the country. The consultation will seek views on enabling access to high-quality wireless broadband services at affordable prices to 90% of the population, developing 10 million public Wi-Fi hotspots and achieving 900 million broadband connections at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps. Other objectives include enabling access for connecting 10 billion internet of things devices and machine-to-machine sensors. A raft of policy and regulatory measures are proposed, including restructuring TRAI as a converged regulator for ICT and broadcasting.
See more here and TRAI document at here
- Tuesday, 23 January 2018