National Digital Communications Policy -2018

Nov 01, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Government of India has approved the ‘National Digital Communications Policy-2018’ on October 22, 2018 with a vision to support India’s transition to a digitally empowered economy and society. The objective of National Digital Communications Policy-2018 is to prepare the country and its citizens for the future. Achieving these goals would require that the key stakeholders – namely the Centre, the States, local governments and agencies, Telecom Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, handset and equipment manufacturers, the academic community, the innovators and start-ups come together to forge a coalition to deliver this national policy and its missions.

Key highlights of the Policy:

·         Enabling Infrastructure Convergence of IT, telecom and broadcasting sectors:

·         Amending the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and other relevant acts for the purpose of convergence in coordination with respective ministries.

·         Establishing a unified policy framework and spectrum management regime for broadcast and broadband technologies

·         Restructuring of legal, licensing and regulatory frameworks for reaping the benefits of convergence.

To ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the National Digital Communications Policy-2018, the Government has decided to re-designate the ‘Telecom Commission’, established by the Government of India vide Resolution dated April 11, 1989, as the ‘Digital Communications Commission’.

[Resolution No. 2-14/2018-Policy-I]




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