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National Digital Communications Policy 2018: big wishes, myopic vision

The draft policy tries its hands at almost everything but, like past policies, fails to outline a road map to execute its expansive plans.
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15 Jun 2018 7 Mins Read 0 comment
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Two decades, five national policies, over a billion subscribers, and more than a dozen operators later, the Indian telecom industry looks very different today — only not healthier or stable. Different, because only three players are now in the game, with new entrant Jio making incumbents Airtel and Vodafone-Idea run very tight ships. Not healthier or stable, because the industry
government needs a prioritisation matrix to assign urgency and deadlines to its initiatives. “There should be an annual implementation plan and a monitoring mechanism in place so as to ensure that goals of the policy are achieved,” COAI’s submission says. Unless the government learns from old mistakes, NDCP 2018 will remain yet another incomplete exercise lacking direction and control.
Two decades, five national policies, over a billion subscribers, and more than a dozen operators later, the Indian telecom industry looks very different today — only not healthier or stable. Different, because only three players are now in the game, with new entrant Jio making incumbents Airtel and Vodafone-Idea run very tight ships. Not healthier or stable, because the industry government needs a prioritisation matrix to assign urgency and deadlines to its initiatives. “There should be an annual implementation plan and a monitoring mechanism in place so as to ensure that goals of the policy are achieved,” COAI’s submission says. Unless the government learns from old mistakes, NDCP 2018 will remain yet another incomplete exercise lacking direction and control.

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