The National Digital Communication Policy 2018 (NDCP 2018) targets a trillion-dollar digital economy by 2022. It is estimated that the telecom sector would attract investments of $100 bn. For the policy and investment goals to be realized, a robust and reliable telecom/Internet infrastructure and a well-designed roadmap are the underlying bedrocks.
As we celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) (May 17), the workshop brings together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss some of the existing challenges and opportunities for the regulation of digital technologies and markets as outlined under the NDCP 2018. The workshop also explores the current year’s theme of WTISD - “Bridging the standardization gap”.
The workshop is organised under the broad themes of:
This session will focus on approaches to create a robust mobile telecommunications infrastructure as the basis for a nation-wide telecom infrastructure. The overall spectrum availability across bands, developing framework for spectrum audit, speeding up the process of spectrum management and trading/sharing, better spectrum auction design, regulatory challenges and convergences of tower infrastructure are the key issues that need to be addressed.
The session will highlight that strengthening the complementary infrastructure including fibre and satellite are critical for a ubiquitous Internet in the country. It will focus on issues with current model, identifying better models for fibre deployment, increasing last mile connectivity, policy and regulatory challenges in strengthening community and state-wide networks. The need for development of a futuristic national satcom policy and a national satellite network to increase internet penetration and serve as back up to the existing network will also be discussed.
This session highlights competition issues in the telecom sector to ensure its healthy growth. The session will cover emerging issues such as predatory pricing and impact on investments and market conditions. The session will also focus on encouraging synergies between regulatory institutions and developing principles for governance of telecom markets.
This session focuses on governance of digital services and applications, including regulatory principles, and legal or institutional frameworks needed for the emerging digital economy. Some of the key issues to be discussed under this session include existing frameworks for the regulation of data and privacy in India, emerging regulatory challenges including access for law enforcement, cross-border data flows and data sovereignty.
This session will discuss the challenges in navigating the “standards development world”, from the perspective of a young SDO like Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) and new actors like Indian Startups and SMEs.
Welcome Tea and Registration
|10:00-11:15||Panel 1 - Creating a Robust Mobile Telecommunications Infrastructure
|11:30-12:45||Panel 2 - Strengthening Complementary Infrastructure
|13:30-14:45||Panel 3 - Assessing Competitive Effects of Regulation
|15:00-16:15||Panel 4 - Governance of Emerging Technologies & Markets
|16:30-17:30||Panel 5 - “Bridging the Standardization Gap”
Anchored by: Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI)