Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Thursday that the new telecommunications bill would provide a clear roadmap to restructure the industry and spur innovation.
While speaking at an event of the Public Affairs Forum of India, the minister said that in the next year and a half to two years the government will be able to completely revamp the entire digital regulatory framework to aims to balance social goals, individual duties and rights, and a technologically agnostic framework.
“The industry goes through many different phases. Sometimes due to the business environment, technological change and many other factors. Restructuring is required. How do you put that in the bill so that the industry can have it? If restructuring has to happen then these are the things that have to be taken care of. These are things that fall under my control, so that kind of clear framework was put in place in this bill.” Vaishnaw said.
He said that the digital world needs a comprehensive set of laws and the Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Telecommunications the goal that India’s digital regulatory framework should be standardized globally.
“That doesn’t mean we can simply go around and copy whatever is best in the world. It means we have to work towards creating a digital regulatory framework, that the world should come and study. It’s a huge goal, but possible,” Vaishnaw said. According to the draft Telecom Bill 2022, outstanding players such as WhatsApp, Launch and Google Duo —Which offers calling and messaging services – may require a license to operate in the country.
The department has also proposed a fee refund provision in the event a telecommunications or internet provider waives its license.
Vaishnaw thinks the next 25 years will be a period of inclusive growth and investment will be the main engine of growth and will focus on manufacturing, innovation, simplification of rules and reforms in infrastructure. society such as education and health.