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Soon, no roaming charges on mobile phones

The Cabinet has cleared the National Telecom Policy or NTP 2012, which would allow mobile users to roam without paying any extra charges and port same number to any operator across India

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country, reports PTI.

The Cabinet approved 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 the home circle.

Declaring an agenda of “One Nation-One Licence” across services, the NTP endeavours to create an investor-friendly environment by attracting additional investments in the sector, which has been marred by controversies relating to second generation (2G) scam in the recent past.

Last year, while unveiling the draft NTP, telecom minister Kapil Sibal had said, “Moving forward, we aim to create One Nation-One Licence across services and service areas. We aim to achieve One Nation-Full Mobile Number Portability and work towards One Nation-Free Roaming.”

Highlighting the vision “Broadband on Demand”, the NTP also envisages leveraging telecom infrastructure to enable all citizens and businesses, both in rural and urban area to participate in the internet and web economy thereby ensuring equitable and inclusive development across the nation.

According to section on ‘financing’ in the NTP, it has been proposed to create a special purpose ‘Telecom Finance Corporation’ as a vehicle to mobilise and channelize financing for telecom projects in order to facilitate investment in the sector.

It proposes to include telecom sector projects within the ambit of financing from existing entities such as India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFCL) and also to rationalise taxes and levies affecting the sector to stimulate investment and making services more affordable.

 

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mk

5 years ago

OH!WHAT A COUNTRY!

ROAMING CHARGES SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THERE RIGHT FROM DAY1! THE LEAST, AS PART OF DAYANIDHI MARAN'S 'ONE INDIA' PLAN (AS IF IT WAS NOT EARLIER!), IT WAS TO HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED AT LEAST HALF-A-DECADE AGO, BUT WITH HIS EXIT, HID SUCCESSOR, A NON-ENTITY-FROM-NOWHERE, PERVADED ALL OVER, INCLUDING THE VERY FABRIC OF THIS COUNTRY'S POLITICAL MORALITY(MORACE!), WHICH WAS NOT THERE ANYWAY!

AND EVEN AFTER THIS PROPOSAL WAS GIVEN ABT 6 MOS. AGO BY THE LAWYER KAPIL SIBBAL WHO WAS IMPLANTED (LIKE PREZs&PMs DO IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST FARCE-O-CRACY) AS A TELECOM MINISTER, IT IS STILL IN LIMBO, LIKE ANYTHING GOOD-TO-HAPPEN IN INDIA!

BUT ANYTHING BAD TO HAPPEN, IT HAPPENS FASTER THAN LIGHTENING!

EVENING NEWS MENTIONS PETROL HIKE, AND BY MIDNIGHT, ITS DONE! OH! WHAT AN EFFICIENT COUNTRY!

saarey jahan se achha hindustan hamara....JO BILKUL HI NAHI HAI!

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