The draft of National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (National Telecom Policy) has been released and uploaded for public consultations on the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) website.
Dot in a note said that the stakeholders and public are requested to kindly go through the draft policy and give their comments/ inputs to make the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 a robust document and an enabler for achieving the desired goals. Detailed process for receiving the comments/ inputs shall be uploaded shortly.
One of the key strategies in the draft talks of recognising spectrum as a key natural resource for public benefit to achieve India’s socio-economic goals, optimise availability and utilisation by making adequate spectrum available to be equipped for the new broadband era.
On spectrum pricing, it said there should be optimal pricing of spectrum to ensure sustainable and affordable access to digital communications and simplifying the process of obtaining permissions from various agencies such as Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) and Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) in order to promote efficiency.