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10 things you need to know about National Digital Communications Policy 2018

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The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, now named as 'National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018' that aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.

10 things you need to know about National Digital Communications Policy 2018
The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, now named as 'National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018' that aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.
Communication systems have been evolving at a rapid pace globally, especially in areas like 5G, Internet of Things and Machine to Machine Communication, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.
Key highlights of NDCP 2018:
  1. Create 40 lakh new jobs by 2022 and attract $100 billion investment by 2022.
  2. Ensure broadband access to all with 50 Mbps speed, 5G services – 100 percent connectivity by 2022; BharatNet - Providing 1 Gbps to all Gps and upgradable to 10 gbps; GramNet - Connecting all key rural development institutions; NagarNet - Establishing 1 million pubic Wi-Fi hotspots in urban areas and JanWiFi - Establishing 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas.
  3. Channelising Universal Service obligation Fund.
  4. Policy will rationalise levies that add to debt burden of telecom companies; review of license fees, spectrum usage charges and Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF); rationalise taxes and lives on digital communications equipment; infrastructure and services and target to bring down overall levies from 30 percent to below 10 percent.
  5. Proposed adoption of optimal pricing of spectrum waves; optimal pricing will ensure sustainable; affordable access to digital communication and developing transparent, normative and fair policy for spectrum allocation.
  6. Create regulatory reforms to enable telecom sector contribution to 8 percent by 2020 from 6 percent in 2017.
  7. Recognise mid-band spectrum particularly 3 GHz to 24 GHz range used for next generation networks; expected to offer higher data capacity and speeds faster than 10 GB per second and the move will enable government to deploy 5G for consumers by 2020.
  8. Telecom infrastructure to be awarded status of critical and essential infrastructure.
  9. Expand Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem to 5 billion connected devices.
  10. Target to improve Inclusive Development Index (IDI) ranking from 134 to 50.
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