The vision of the National Telecom Policy (2012) is to provide secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socioeconomic development.
The objectives/thrust areas of the policy are as follows:
- Increase rural tele-density from the current level of around 39 to 70 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 at least 100 Mbps on demand.
- Enable citizens to participate in and contribute to e-governance in key sectors like health, education, skill development, employment, governance, banking, etc. to ensure equitable and inclusive growth.
- Provide high speed and high quality broadband access to all village panchayats through a combination of technologies by the year 2014 and progressively to all villages and habitations by 2020.
- Promote innovation, indigenous R&D and manufacturing to serve domestic and global markets, by increasing skills and competencies.
- Simplify the licensing framework to further extend converged high quality services across the nation including rural and remote areas. This will not cover content regulation.
- Strive to create One Nation – One License across services and service areas.
- Achieve One Nation – Full Mobile Number Portability and work towards One Nation – Free Roaming.
- 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 high quality seamless voice, data, multimedia and broadcasting services on converged networks for enhanced service delivery to provide superior experience to users.
- Optimise delivery of services to consumers irrespective of their devices or locations by fixed-mobile convergence, thus making available valuable spectrum for other wireless services.
- Recognise telecom as Infrastructure Sector to realise true potential of ICT for development.
- Enhanced and continued adoption of green policy in telecom and incentivise use of renewable energy sources for sustainability.
- Protect consumer interest by promoting informed consent, transparency and accountability in quality of service, tariff, usage etc.
- Achieve substantial transition to new Internet Protocol (IPv 6) in the country in a phased and time bound manner by 2020 and encourage an ecosystem for provision of a significantly large bouquet of services on IP platform.