Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha announce the new name of the TRAI: DCRAI
The new name of the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) will be changed to the Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India(DCRAI), telecom minister Manoj Sinha Wednesday said. ” Now I should address you as Digital Communications Regulatory,” Sinha told Trai Chairman RS Sharma from the dais at Annual General Meeting of telecom infrastructure body TAIPA.
When asked from when the new name of Trai, Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India(DCRAI), will be effective, Sinha said, “It will be done soon”. The minister earlier in the day shared change in name of Telecom Commission– apex decision-making body at the Department of Telecom, to Digital Communications Commission.
Why is the need to change the name of TRAI to DCRAI
Sinha told about this
At the event, Telecom Minister Sinha said telecom infrastructure has played a vital role in the development of the telecom market in the country by “enabling the rapid rollout of towers from mere 1 lakh in 2006 to 4.71 lakh currently”. He said also that the new policy, National Digital Communications Policy 2018, addresses the growing need of telecom sector in the country.
RS Sharma(Trai Chairman) Said
Sharma said NDCP 2018 is transformational in the sense. It lays down quantifiable objective –USD 100 billion investment, 50 Mbps download speeds.
“NDCP talks about creating tower authority. The policy very clearly lays down to prepare India for digital tomorrow,” Sharma said.
What else did Sharma say about it
That as a nation while we transporting data, and 93% of it done on wireless networks. “ So that is why telecom infrastructure is important. Therefore it is appropriate that we put together all our efforts. If you want to be ready for 5G, you need to put massive infrastructure,” Sharma said.
Akhil Gupta(TAIPA Chairman) said
He said that 5G infrastructure will require hundreds and thousands of more towers. Many of them will be small cells. He requested the minister to convene a high-level conference of ministers and IT secretaries of state.
“We still being treated as cash cows by many local authorities. So if this can change…That would enable us smooth rollout of infrastructure,” Gupta said.
N Sivasailam(Telecom Special Secretary) Said
Department of Telecom Special Secretary N Sivasailam asked industry. It to provide also GIS location of optical fiber for it given legal protection.
“There is no Right of Way charges what we charged is restoration charges. We take permission for 3 feet but dig 4 meters that is where the problem lies,” Sivasailam said.
He said that when states raise the integrity question, the DoT becomes speechless. “States are going to gain most from RoW but once you destroy their property we don’t have any moral right,” Sivasailam said.