Policy Framework of Telecom Policy 1999

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The policy framework of Telecom Policy 1999, as promulgated by the Department of Telecommunication (DOT), Government of India, was the result of stupendous development in the overall growth of the Indian telecommunication industry. The 'Telecom Regulatory Authority of India' (TRAI) and 'Department of Telecommunication' (DOT) are the two main governing bodies of the Indian telecommunication industry and the policy framework of Telecom Policy 1999 was drafted by them in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Telecommunication Acts and Rules. The process of revamping of the Indian telecommunication policy of 1994 was effected, to accommodate the rapid growth of the Indian telecommunication sector during the aforesaid period.

The policy framework of Telecom Policy 1999 was drafted as an intermediate plan covering the Ninth Plan of Indian Telecommunication Industry. Further, to compliment the stupendous growth of the Indian telecommunication industry, the policy framework of Telecom Policy 1999 were made more coherent and in tandem with the growing demands of the Indian telecommunication industry.

The highlights of the policy framework of Telecom Policy 1999 of India are as follows -
  • To facilitate affordable and effective telecommunication to every citizen of India
  • Ensuring quick availability of telephone connections
  • Achieve universal service access at affordable and reasonable price
  • Provision for world class service to all uncovered and rural areas of India
  • Encourage the development of telecommunication facilities in remote, hilly and tribal areas of India
  • Convert Public Call Offices into Public Teleinfo centers and it should offer multimedia services like government and business
  • information systems, Integrated Service Digital Network services, remote database access, etc
  • Providing world class telecommunication services to each and every applicant
  • Attending to customer's complaints, resolve disputes, and increased public interface
  • Provide the widest possible range of products and services at affordable price, to all Indians
  • Emerge as a major manufacturing country and major exporter of telecommunication equipment
  • To protect the defense and security interests of India
  • Create world class telecommunication infrastructure to meet the communication requirements of IT, ITES, media and other IT based industry, and integrate them to become an IT super power
  • Easy, efficient and affordable access to basic telecommunication services across all the states of India
  • Facilitate reliable communication relay media to all telephone exchanges
  • Establishment of modern and efficient telecommunication infrastructure to meet the industrial demand of modern India
  • Continual modernization of the Indian telecommunication sector and provide an equal level playing field for all the telecommunication service providers
  • Strengthening R&D on telecommunication and create a world class industry at par with international standards
  • Efficient and unbiased spectrum allocation and management
  • Provide protection of the Indian defense and security systems
  • Helping the Indian telecommunication companies to reach global standards
  • Facilitate world class products and services at affordable prices
  • Institutionalize the Department Of Telecommunication (DOT), to help them function as independent corporate bodies


Last Updated on 27 June 2011