Roaming Tariff to be Scrapped: National Telecom Policy, 2012

As per the National Telecom Policy (NTP), 2012 announced by the Union Government, roaming charges would be done away, albeit late, because DoT is authoring the details of the norms. This is one of the key points of the NTP, 2012 that would replace Telecom Policy, 1999.

Sources say, the new policy object is to provide “secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development.” and is said to bring about “a multiplier effect and transformational impact of such services on the overall economy.”

The thrust area of NTP, 2012 are as follows.

  • Achieve cent percent tele-density by 2020
  • Mobile phone to play critical role as an instrument of empowerment
  • Broadband minimum download speed to be 2 mega bites per second (Mbps)
  • Making India a global industrial centre
  • Integration of network, services and devices
  • Liberalisation of spectrum – any Service in any Technology
  • Simplification of licensing regime – Unified licensing, de-linking of spectrum from license, online real time submission and processing
  • Free nation – consumer focus full mobile number portability and work towards one Nation
  • Resale of services
  • Voice over Internet Protocol
  • Application of cloud computing, next generation network including IPV6