India's New telecom policy 2011 unveiled, end of roaming charges and much more

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has unveiled the new Indian Telecom Policy 2011 . The draft National Telecom Policy 2011 targets broadband on demand, focus on building access in rural ares and promoting the domestic production of equipment according to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal. Roaming charges removal under One nation - One license clause may impact pricing of Bharti Airtel, Idea cellular. But the value of shares of these two were initially lower on Monday before closing higher.


Highlights:
-One Nation-One License to mean removal of roaming charges
-Revenue generation will play a secondary role in NTP 2011
-Vision is to have broadband services on demand
-NTP 2011 to increase availability of spectrum
-Want India to become hub of telecommunication
-New policy will aim at making India hub of telecom equipment
-Will put in place a skill development strategy
-BSNL, MTNL will continue to play imp role in penetration
-Mission is to have special coverage of remote, rural areas
-Aim to have 100% tele density by 2020
-Affordable and reliable broadband on demand by 2015

Other proposals
-300 MHz spectrum to be made available by 2017
-Aim to make 500 MHz spectrum available by 2020
-Need seamless delivery on converged policies
-Convergence of svervices will cover voice, data, video, internet, VAS
-To permit resale at retail level
-Will delink licenses issuance's & spectrum allocations
-Spectrum to be made available at market valuations
-Seek TRAI recommendation on license framework
-Will allow trading, sharing, pooling of spectrum
-Will enact a separate spectrum act
-New spectrum act to look into spectrum pricing -
Will encourage refarming of spectrum
-Will work on giving infra status to telecom sector

Also, it will soon include One Nation- One Circle for portability, so , you can keep your number for lifetime even after changing your city or state.

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