Over the last 12 months, a record number of Indians have connected online — a large number of them for the very first time, thanks in no small part to Jio which has completely disrupted the telecom market.
More Indians are destined to come online in the coming months as well, as the country’s Internet penetration rate is still low given its large population. The government wants to ensure there are no hurdles in India’s connectivity roadmap.
To facilitate the same, India’s new telecom policy, expected by March 2018, will focus on providing affordable internet access to 1.3 billion Indians and facilitate domestic manufacturing to curb dependence on imports, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said.
1) No more call drops
“Telecom service providers have upgraded their network and there is a substantial improvement in call drops and service quality,” Sinha said, adding that the government expects operators to continue to upgrade their infrastructure to ensure better quality.
2) Every Indian will have Internet access
“Internet to all will be the basic principle [of the national telecom policy of 2018] and to give a boost to telecom manufacturing would be a key factor of the new telecom policy,” Sinha said.
3) Will plan for 5G, IoT and AI services delivery
The new telecom policy will address sector issues and make them future-proof with the onset of disruptive technologies such as fifth-generation (5G) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). “The new policy will be forward-looking and current challenges of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence will be taken care of,” Sinha added.
4) Ensure top quality of service
Analysts and the industry estimate high-speed data services with cross-industry IoT applications and AI-driven services, could open up close to 20% of additional revenue opportunity. The quality of services has improved substantially with reduced call drops, according to Sinha.