New Delhi : The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, now named as ‘National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018’ that aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.

Communication systems have been evolving at a rapid pace globally, especially in areas like 5G, Internet of Things and Machine to Machine Communication, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said. He added that it was felt that a “consumer-centric and application-driven policy” be brought in. Some of the objectives of the NDCP 2018 include providing broadband access to all, creating 40 lakh new jobs, and increasing India’s ranking in the global ICT Index to 50th spot. “We also expect GDP contribution of telecom sector, which has been around six per cent, to grow to 8 per cent… and expect $100 billion investment to come in,” he said.

Trai to become  DCRAI

NEW DELHI: The name of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will be changed to Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday.

“Now I should address you as Digital Communications Regulator,” Sinha told Trai Chairman RS Sharma from dais at Annual General Meeting of telecom infrastructure body TAIPA. When asked from when will new name of Trai, Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, will be effective, Sinha said “It will be done soon”.

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