The Ministry organizes the ITU Regional Standardization Forum for the Asia and Oceania region

“Today, India’s telecom network is the second in the world, with the most cost-effective tariffs. This growth has been spurred by the market-friendly policies of the Modi government,” said Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Communications while elaborating on the successful growth of the telecom sector in India. Addressing the inaugural event of the Regional Standards Forum (RSF) of the International Telecommunication Union for the Asia and Oceania region, he said India’s telecommunications policy formulated under the guidance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is based on 3 pillars – “Ease of Doing Business”, for industry; “Ease of Living”, for all citizens, including those living in rural and remote areas; and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat – i.e. – self-governing India”.

As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Ministry of Communication is hosting the International Telecommunication Union’s Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for the Asia and Oceania region. The United Nations (UN) agency event with participants from around 20 countries in the Asia-Oceania region was opened here today by Shri Devusinh Chauhan. Several dignitaries including MK Rajaraman, Secretary (T), Government of India, Mr. Manish Sinha, Member (Finance), Digital Communications Communication (DCC), Government of India, Mr. VL Kantha Rao, Additional Secretary (T ), Government of India, as well as Mr. Bilel Jamoussi, Head of Study Groups Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Ms. Atsuko Okuda​, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific , attended the event.

The theme of the Regional Standards Forum (RSF) is “Regulatory and Policy Aspects of Telecommunications/ICT”. It will be followed by a four-day meeting of the Asia and Oceania Regional Group of International Telecommunication Union Study Group 3-T (ITU-T SG3RG-AO) from 09 August 2022 to 12 August 2022.

Speaking about the positive and forward-looking environment created by telecom reforms in India, Minister Shri Devusinh Chauhan said these reforms have been able to promote healthy competition, protect consumer interests, inject liquidity, encourage investment and reduce the regulatory burden on TSPs. “As a result, the recent 5G spectrum auction in India brought in bids of $20 billion. This very much reflects the confidence and sentiments of the Indian telecom industry,” he said.

To expand the state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art telecommunications facilities of the company and in line with the “Antyodaya” philosophy, Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi laid a leaf a clear road to fight against the digital divide. This includes taking fiber optics to all 6 lakh villages in the country, and also covers all these villages with 4G mobile communications. He informed the participants that about 1,75,000 villages are already equipped with fiber optics, while about 5,60,000 villages have 4G mobile facilities. A comprehensive multi-billion dollar plan has been drawn up which will provide fiber optic and mobile communications to all six hundred thousand villages by 2025.

Briefed on the rollout of 5G in the country, Shri Chauhan said that the Indian government is promoting advanced telecom technology that is designed, developed and manufactured locally. As a result, India today has a strong 5G mobile communications ecosystem. “By the end of this year, we are likely to see a locally developed and manufactured 5G stack rolling out, in India’s 5G network rollout. Our engineers have developed a set of 5G standards, which will facilitate the spread of 5G . network in rural areas,” he said.

Underlining ITU’s role in maintaining and developing a rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT landscape, Shri Chauhan said that ITU played a unifying role in building cooperation and understanding strategies between all stakeholders. India has a long association with ITU, and we share common ideals regarding the telecommunications landscape.

Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that in line with ITU, India is also deeply committed to connecting the unconnected and protecting and supporting everyone’s right to communicate. India will continue to broaden and deepen its contribution to achieving ITU’s vision and goals, he added.

(With GDP entries)