The telecom regulator Trai invited public views on inputs for the proposed National Telecom Policy (NTP), which is under formulation by the government.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will give its inputs on the matter to the Telecom Department, which hopes to finalise the new policy by March 2018.
Trai released a consultation paper on ‘Inputs for Formulation of National Telecom Policy- 2018’.
The regulator, in a statement, said that its inputs have been prepared based on preliminary discussions with multiple stakeholders including telecom operators, equipment manufacturers, industry bodies, and cloud service providers “in line with the technological advancements in the sector and customer aspirations for digital services”.
The NTP ‘objectives’ outlined in Trai consultation paper include achieving 900 million broadband connections at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps, developing 10 million public wi-fi hotspots, attaining average speed of 20 Mbps for wireless Internet connectivity, and placing India among top-50 nations in global rankings of network readiness, communications systems, and services.
Other objectives include enabling access for connecting to 10 billion Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine sensors and devices and attracting USD 100-billion investment in the communications sector.