NTP 2012 Approved: Minimum broadband speed to be 2 Mbps, Roaming charges cancelled

The Union Cabinet today has approved the National Telecom Policy -2012 (NTP – 2012), including introduction of Unified Licence.

Key highlights of NTP 2012 are:

  • Increase rural teledensity from the current level of around 39 to 70 by the year 2017 and 100 by the year 2020
  • Broadband –“’Broadband For All” at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps
  • Domestic Manufacturing– Making India a global hub
  • Convergence of Network, Services and Devices
  • Simplification of Licensing regime- Unified Licensing, delinking of Spectrum from License, Online real time submission and processing
  • Achieve One Nation – Full Mobile Number Portability and work towards One Nation – Free Roaming
  • Resale of Services
  • Voice over Internet Protocol
  • Cloud Computing, Next Generation Network including IPV6

The policy seeks to provide a predictable and stable policy regime for a period of about ten years.

A brilliant move?

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