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The launch of 5G services will enhance the possibilities of affordable telecom services across sectors, said Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman, Bharti Group & Executive Chairman, Bharti Infratel.
He said: "The National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP-2018) is a fine document drafted with a visionary approach. From the industry point of view, it is the simplest and straightforward vision put together.
Meanwhile, Union Cabinet has recently has approved the NDCP-2018 to provide "broadband to all.
The new also policy aimed at providing broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps to every citizen, 1 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats of India by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022 and to ensure connectivity to all uncovered areas.
It also aims at providing a "ubiquitous, resilient, secure and affordable" digital communication services. In addition to that, it aims to attract investments of $100 billion in the digital communications sector.
Gupta further said that "To attain a successful implementation of 5G network in India, there is a need for huge infrastructure setup and the provisions to share them. Also, the spectrum fee should not be looked as a revenue generator by the government. Rather, the government should look at facilitating a smooth allocation of the spectrum so that affordable and effective 5G implementation can be achieved. It can look at a revenue share model to make up to the losses occurred during the spectrum auction, if any."
Furthermore, the policy advocates for the establishment of a National Digital Grid by creating a National Fibre Authority.
Rishi Bhatnagar, President - Aeris Communications India, said that the positive outlook of the Indian Government on the early deployment of 5G in the country for achieving a globally-competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem targeting 50 percent of India's market and 10 percent of the global market over 5-7 years is very encouraging. He also emphasized that for a holistic and increased adoption of 5G in India, it is critical to establish a functional ecosystem of mobile handsets, chipsets and device manufacturers, technologists, system integrators and telecom service providers.