Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid down a clear roadmap to address the digital divide
“Today, the Indian telecommunications network, is the second largest in the world, with the most cost-effective rates. This growth has been spurred, by the market-friendly policies of the Modi Government.”, said Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications while elaborating upon the success story of the growth of the telecom sector in India. Addressing the inaugural event of the International Telecommunication Union’s Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for the Asia and Oceania region, he said that India’s policy in the field of telecommunications formulated under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is basing on 3 pillars of- “Ease of Doing Business”, for the industry; “Ease of Living”, for all citizens, including those, who are living in rural and far-flung areas; and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat – that is – Self Reliant India”.
As a part of the celebrations during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Ministry of Communication is hosting the International Telecommunication Union’s Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region. The United Nations (UN) agency event with participants from around 20 countries of Asia Oceania was inaugurated today by Shri Devusinh Chauhan. Several dignitaries including Mr K. Rajaraman, Secretary (T), Government of India, Mr Manish Sinha, Member (Finance), Digital Communications Communication (DCC), Government of India, Mr V.L. Kantha Rao, Additional Secretary (T), Government of India along with Mr Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Groups Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Ms Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and Pacific attended the event.
Around 1,75,000 villages are provided with optical fibre, and around 5,60,000 villages have 4G mobile facilities
The theme of the Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) is “Regulatory and Policy aspects of Telecommunications/ICTs”. It will be succeeded by the four-day meeting of International Telecommunication Union-T Study Group 3 Regional Group Asia and Oceania (ITU-T SG3RG-AO) from 09th August 2022 to 12th August 2022.
Talking about the positive, forward-looking environment created by telecom reforms in India, Minister Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that these reforms have been able to promote healthy competition, protect the interests of consumers, infuse liquidity, encourage investment and reduce the regulatory burden on TSPs.’ “As a result, a recent 5G spectrum auction, in India has fetched bids of 20 billion dollars. This very well, reflects the confidence and sentiments, of the Indian telecom industry.”, he said.
The multi-billion-dollar, comprehensive plan made to ensure optical fibre and mobile communications in all 6 lakh villages by 2025
To extend the state-of-the-art telecom facilities, to the last person of the society and in sync with the ‘Antyodaya’ philosophy, Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi has laid down a clear roadmap to address the digital divide. It includes taking optical fibres to all 6 lakh villages of the country and also covering all these villages with 4G mobile communications. He informed the participants that around 1,75,000 villages are already provided with optical fibre, while around 5,60,000 villages have 4G mobile facilities. A multi-billion-dollar, comprehensive plan has been made, which will ensure optical fibre and mobile communications in all six hundred thousand villages by 2025.
Apprising of the 5G rollout in the country, Shri Chauhan said that the Government of India is promoting, indigenously designing, developing and manufacturing advanced telecom technology. As a result, India today has a strong home-grown, 5G mobile communications ecosystem. “By the end of this year, we are likely to see indigenously developed, and manufactured 5G stack, getting deployed, in rolling out 5G network in India. Our engineers have developed, a set of 5G standards, which will facilitate the spread of the 5G network in rural areas.”, he said.
ITU’s Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region is to be inaugurated today
Highlighting the role of ITU in sustaining and furthering the rapidly changing Telecom/ICT landscape, Shri Chauhan said that ITU has been playing a unifying role in forging strategic cooperation and understanding, between all stakeholders. India has a long association with ITU, and we share common ideals, regarding the telecommunications landscape.
Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that in line with ITU, India is also deeply committed, to connecting the unconnected and protecting and supporting everyone’s right to communicate. India will continue to broaden and deepen its contribution to fulfilling the vision and objectives of the ITU, he added further.
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