The Department of Telecommunication is all set to implement an action plan that will enable the rolling out of 5G applications and services in the country. According to the initial draft of the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 that is published on department website inviting suggestions, the 5G capability will be achieved by enhancing backhaul capacity.
The department, in addition plans to develop robust digital communication network security frameworks, ensure the availability of spectrum for 5G in 6 GHz bands and facilitating fibre-to-the-tower program enabling fiberisation of at least 60% base stations to fasten up the migration to 4G/5G to achieve this objective.
The department release revealed that attracting investment worth $100 billion by 2022, creating four million additional jobs in the digital communication sector and providing broadband access, among others, ranked highly in its list of targets.
In its release on its website seeking suggestions on the policy, the department has made it clear that it will aim to achieve the targets by 2022.
A key highlight of the policy is the ‘Connect India’ mission, which targets the creation of a robust digital communication infrastructure by promoting broadband for all as a tool for socio-economic development.
The policy will also aims to ensure the providing of next generation technologies and enhancements to the sector along with proper security by ensuring that net neutrality principles are upheld as part of its ‘propel India’ and ‘secure India’ missions.
In order to harness the best out of emerging technologies, the policy envisages creating ‘a road map for emerging technologies and its use in the communications sector, such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and M2M.’
It will also try to take advantage of ‘Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in a synchronized and effective manner to enhance the overall quality of service, spectrum management, network security and reliability.’
Another key objective of the policy is to increase the contribution of the sector to the economy and development.
From creating additional jobs in the sector, the policy has the objective of increasing the sectors contribution to the GDP to 8% by 2022 from 6% of 2017.
While ensuring digital sovereignty is a key aim, the policy also envisages enhancing India’s contribution to global value chains. Additionally, the policy targets to propel India to the top 50 Nations in the ICT (information and communication technologies) Development Index of ITU by 2022.
For catalysing investments in the proper channel, levies and fees including License Fee will be reviewed while levies and other fees on equipment will be rationalized. Besides various fiscal and non-fiscal benefits will be introduced for the development of the sector.
Additionally the license and regulatory compliance requirements will be reduced and approvals will be fast tracked and exit norms will be developed by aligning with IBC
First Published: IST