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India’s National Digital Communications Policy -2018

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the “Digital Communications Commission.” The NDCP-2018 envisions supporting India's transition to a digitally empowered economy and society by fulfilling the information and communications needs of citizens and enterprises by establishing a ubiquitous, resilient, and affordable Digital Communications Infrastructure and Services.

The key objectives of the policy are:

These objectives are to be achieved by 2022.

The policy, inter-alia, aims to provide:

The policy further advocates:

The present world has entered the era of modern technological advancements in the Telecom Sector, such as 5G, IoT, M2M, etc. A need felt to introduce a ‘customer-focused' and ‘application-driven' policy for the Indian Telecom Sector, which can form the main pillar of Digital India by addressing emerging opportunities for expanding Telecom's availability services, but also Telecom based services.

Accordingly, the new National Digital Communications Policy -2018 has been formulated, in place of the existing National Telecom Policy-2012, to cater to the modern needs of the digital Communications Sector of India.

Date of decision: 26.09.2018 
Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018.

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