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Draft National Telecom Policy NTP 2011

New Delhi, October 10, 2011:  Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications and Information and Human Resource Development has released the Draft National Telecom Policy NTP 2011.

Some of the important objectives of the policy include:

Increase in rural teledensity from the current level of around 35 to 60 by the year 2017 and 100 by the year 2020.

Provide affordable and reliable broadband on demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 Mbps download speed and making available higher speeds of atleast 100 Mbps on demand.

 Provide high speed and high quality broadband access to all village panchayats through optical fibre by the year 2014 and progressively to all villages and habitations.

Provide preferential market access for domestically manufactured telecommunication products including mobile devices, SIM cards with enhanced features etc. with special emphasis on Indian products for which IPRs reside in India to address strategic and security concerns of the Government, consistent with international commitments.

One License across services and service areas, Achieve One Nation - Full Mobile Number Portability and work towards One Nation - Free Roaming.

To reposition the mobile phone from a mere communication device to an instrument of empowerment that combines communication with proof of identity, fully secure financial and other transaction capability, multi-lingual services and a whole range of other capabilities that ride on them and transcend the literacy barrier.

Deliver seamless ICT, multimedia and broadcasting services on converged networks for enhanced service delivery to provide superior experience to customers.

 Promote an ecosystem for participants in VAS industry value chain to make India a global hub for Value Added Services (VAS).

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