Yesterday, the Indian Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy, with five changes. I really would like to comment on it (and see if any of our suggested changes were incorporated) but at this point the Department of Telecom site says nothing. So all we have are news reports.
It has been a long time coming, but it appears, finally, that India will have new National Telecom Policy. Unless the hesitance to take decisions which is an after-effect of the 2G crisis, stalls the process again. LIRNEasia was among those who made comments. Among other things, we’d be interested in whether our comments had any effect. The Planning Commission has objected to provisions in the National Telecom Policy 2012 and the Unified Licensing Regime (ULR), which comes up for cabinet approval tomorrow, on the grounds that it could lead to a repeat of the 2G scam.