The Union Cabinet has approved the new telecom policy, the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018. This policy, which has been open for public consultation since May, will replace the National Telecom Policy 2012. It appears that the regulator has not made any amendments to the draft policy.

The policy will now be tabled in Parliament, following which, it will be implemented over the next one year, said telecom minister Manoj Sinha. According to Sinha, the overall objectives listed in the policy will be met in five years. It is unclear if the Department of Telecom has released any comments it received from the public, given that its webpage for public consultation was inaccessible at the time of publishing.

Notably though, the policy has proposed to rename the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as the Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India (DCRAI) and the Telecom Commission as the Digital Communications Commission.

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