New Telecom policy approved: Roaming charges to go, one-nation-one-number cleared

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  1. Sridhar

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    The Cabinet on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country.

    The Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012, a senior minister told reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet.

    The NTP 2012 aims to provide free roaming to telecom users and allow them to retain the mobile number even outside their circles without having to pay any extra charge.

    At present, users have to pay extra when they receive or make a call in a circle outside their home network, called roaming charges.

    Also mobile number portability is not permitted outside circle.

    The new policy aims to provide on demand broadband for all citizens and increase rural teledensity to 100% by 2020.

    The country overhauled its telecoms rules after the once-booming sector was hit by a massive scandal over telecoms licence grants in 2008, which a state auditor estimated to have cost New Delhi as much as $34 billion in lost revenue.

    The new policy, which will separate licences and airwaves and will allow sharing of airwaves among carriers, also seeks to facilitate consolidation in the crowded market.

    Pricing of airwaves is, however, not part of the telecoms policy, and will be set through an open auction process.

    Under NTP 2012, it has been proposed to de-link spectrum from licences, reduce number of different licences, give industry liberal mergers and acquisition norms and remove roaming charges burden from consumers. They will also be allowed to retain same number across country.

    New Telecom policy approved: Roaming charges to go, one-nation-one-number cleared - The Economic Times
     
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  3. Singh

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    ^^ great news.. One India policy !
     
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    Fantastic. This is amazing news. Hopefully it will be implemented quickly.
     
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    It's amazing how the balance goes down in prepaid even though it's about 1.00 per min for incoming.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Interesting news.

    Will make things easier.

    This will be effective from when?

    Haven't read the link.
     

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