Objectives of National Telecom Policy 1999

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The objectives of National Telecom Policy 1999 drafted by the Department of Telecommunication (DOT), Government of India, resulted from the fast change in the overall scenario of the telecommunication industry of India. The 'Telecom Regulatory Authority of India' (TRAI) and 'Department of Telecommunication' (DOT) are the the two main governing bodies of the Indian telecommunication industry and they realized the need for an overall revamping of the Indian telecommunication policy of 1994, to compliment the rapid growth of this industry.

Further, to compliment the stupendous growth of the Indian telecommunication industry, the objectives of National Telecom Policy 1999 were made more coherent and in tandem with the requirements of the Indian. telecommunication industry.

The highlights of the objectives of National Telecom Policy 1999 of India are as follows -
  • To facilitate affordable and effective telecommunication for all
  • Ensuring quick availability of telephone connectivity through efficient service networks
  • Achieve universal service access at reasonable cost, connecting all rural areas of India
  • Encourage the development of telecommunication facilities in remote, hilly and tribal areas of India
  • Convert Public Call Offices (PCOs) into Public Teleinfo centers, offering multimedia services like government and business information systems, Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN) services, remote database access, etc
  • Providing world class telecommunication services
  • Solving consumer complaints, resolve disputes, and special attention to be given to public interface
  • To provide the widest possible range of products and services at affordable price, to all Indians
  • To emerges as a major manufacturing industry and major exporter of telecommunication equipment
  • To protect the defense and security interests of India
  • Creating world class telecommunication infrastructure to meet the communication requirements of IT, ITES, media and other IT based industry, to become a IT super power
  • Easy and affordable access to basic telecommunication services across all the states of India
  • Affordable and efficient basic telephony facility to each and every applicant
  • Provision for world class service to all uncovered and rural areas of India
  • Establishment of modern and efficient telecommunication infrastructure to meet the requirements of modern India
  • Continual upgradation of the Indian telecommunication sector and provide an equal opportunity for all the telecommunication service providers doing business in India
  • Strengthening R&D on telecommunication hardware and software
  • Efficient and unbiased spectrum management
  • Facilitating protection of the Indian defense and security systems
  • Facilitating the Indian telecommunication companies to reach global standards
  • Facilitate world class products and services at affordable prices
  • Institutionalize the Department Of Telecommunication (DOT), Government of India and help it function as a corporate body
  • Facilitate reliable communication relay media to all telephone exchanges
The main contributing factors for the tremendous success of the Indian National Telecom Policy 1999 are as follows -
  • Investor friendly TRAI telecommunication policies
  • Low operational cost of telecommunication industry in the domestic market
  • Access to world class infrastructure at cheap cost
  • Availability of huge English speaking workforce
  • Availability of strong technical education amongst the majority of Indians
  • Access to huge number of science and engineering graduates
  • Assurance of high quality output
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Use of innovative technologies
  • High entrepreneurship skills
  • Good relationship with client and expansion of existing relationships
  • Huge success in overseas markets and easy creation of global brands
  • Huge untapped market, across all industries especially, in IT and ITES industries
  • Ever growing domestic market, especially the market in rural India offers tremendous scope
  • Increased manufacturing of electronics and hardware components in India
  • Aggressive of R&D in telecommunication domain
  • Increased penetration of computers and Internet across all sections of Indian society
  • Development of local language softwares, especially for the use of rural mass of India
  • Steady growth of the domestic software market to -

    • increase productivity
    • generate employment

Last Updated on 27 JUne 2011