The draft of National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 also called as the National Digital Communications Policy 2018, was issued for public comments by the Department of Telecommunications. NASSCOM conducted a consultation with its members and invited inputs from all across. Basis the feedback received, a response was submitted to on the draft. Some of the key points of submission are as follows:
- Need for a consolidated approach to ensure that India’s digital economy not only reaches but also exceeds the estimated value of one trillion USD by 2025.
- Ensure adequate co-ordination among different regulatory agencies and stakeholders including industry to ensure cohesive action.
- Unbundle different layers of communication services and introduce a differential licensing regime.
- Need to review OSP regulations in consultations with industry.
- Track new technologies and even consider a regulatory sandbox approach to assess whether regulation is indeed required or not and until such time deploy a policy of regulatory forbearance.
- For establishing India as a global hub for cloud computing, content hosting etc. there is a need to a focus on creating adequate infrastructure.
NASSCOM would be working with the DoT on an ongoing basis for an effective policy regime.
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