Indian Telecom Minister Announces Action Plan for 100 Days

Kipal Sibal, Union Telecom Minister has announced the action plan for next 100 days. Mr Sibal said that the ” Action plan ” has been worked so as to ensure that the common people gets telecommunication services at the reasonable cost, the Industry remains robust and the Government gets its share of revenue.

The “100 Day Action Plan” of the Departments of Telecommunications (DoT), on various issues such as MNP, 3G Mobile and Data Services including Video Call service by private operators, Wireless Broadband, 2G Spectrum allocation, MTNL/BSNL and Mobile Tower Radiation and National Telecom Policy 2011 was announced in a Press conference in New Delhi.

Plan of Action for DoT in details  as follows :

(1) The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will hold consultations with key stakeholders (Telecom operators) to evolve a clear and transparent regime covering Licensing,  Spectrum allocation, Tariffs/pricing, Linkage with roll out performance, Flexibility within licenses, Spectrum Sharing, Spectrum trading, MVNOs, Unlicensed bands, M&A, etc. in a technology agnostitc environment after due consideration of TRAI recommendations. In this regard, interest of the ‘Aam Aadmi’ would be the prime consideration.

(2) To ensure availability of Spectrum for telecom industry, dialogue will be initiated with Department of Space/Information & Broadcasting/Defence, PSUs on ‘Vacation of Spectrum’ and for identification of Defence Band and Defence Interest Zone. National Frequency Allocation Plan 2011 (NFAP) shall be released. Spectrum allocations, availability and status of pending applications for spectrum shall be published on the department’s web site.

(3) Immediate steps will be taken to resolve outstanding Security Issues. Steps will be taken to enable operators (private operators) to launch 3G Mobile and Data services in their entire plenitude without delay. Security issues regarding telecom equipment procurement, messenger services and subscriber verification will be resolved. Steps will be taken to establish the Central Monitoring System which will facilitate and prevent misuse of lawful interception facility.

(4) 11 years have passed since NTP ’99 and many changes have taken place thereafter. Action will be initiated to formulate a comprehensive ‘National Telecom Policy 2011’ including the recognition of Telecom as infrastructure and as an essential service, encouraging Green Telecom, steps to accelerate migration from IPv4 to IPv6 at the earliest, release of IPv6 standards by Telecom Engineering Centre for implementation in the country, etc.

(5) All possible efforts will be made to fill up Board Level vacancies in PSUs and for greater participation of BSNL/ MTNL and C-DOT in national and socially important programmes, while addressing structural issues, improving internal efficiency and financial performance of BSNL/ MTNL.

(6) Country-wide launch of ‘ Mobile Number Portability ’ (MNP).

(7) Vigorous measures will be taken to address public concerns about health hazards due to the EMF radiation from Mobile towers including laying down relevant standards, supplementing equipment with TERM Cells and ensuring adequate field-testing.

(8) Formulation of a package of measures to promote ‘Manufacturing of telecom equipment in the country.

(9) Launch of a ‘ Wireless Broadband Scheme ’ by USOF to provide wireless broadband coverage to about 5 lakh villages, leveraging the existing passive infrastructure created for mobile telephony in rural and remote areas.

(10) Concrete steps towards finalization of ‘National Broadband Plan’ including strategy for implementation and initiation of steps for roll out of Optical Fibre.

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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  • ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR January 17, 2011 11:39 am, 11:39 AM

    @SAM From Kashmir
    I Think 90% Of The Mobile Customers Will Move to AirTel/Aircel/BSNL/Reliance From Vodafone and Idea in J and K is this right?

    Reply
  • SAM From Kashmir January 17, 2011 11:21 am, 11:21 AM

    MNP start in J&K on 20th of Jan

    Reply
  • PD January 9, 2011 9:07 pm, 9:07 PM

    I think – Days are numbered for MNP – IF a PTI report is to be believed !

    “We are planning to launch the MNP nationwide by January 20. Once it comes, then consumers have options available even in a situation where some licencee or service provider loses his licence. Consumers can switch over without losing their numbers or services to other operators,” DoT secretary R Chandrasekhar told PTI.

    Asked whether the launch of mobile number portability will take place as scheduled, he clarified that all operators will launch the service on time./b>

    Credit : http://www.livemint.com/2011/01/09164234/MNP-to-safeguard-consumers-if.html

    Reply
  • vinay January 8, 2011 1:38 am, 1:38 AM

    it was reported that mnp by jan 20.
    so does that mean, by jan 2020, it vl be implemented?

    Reply
  • Vicky January 5, 2011 3:20 pm, 3:20 PM

    @Amit.G
    thanks for ur valuable info and i wil try uninor once mnp comes since i am a mobile net user i need good data speed
    i tested uninor speed its awesome
    @PD
    Thanx bro

    Reply
  • PD January 5, 2011 1:48 pm, 1:48 PM

    Vicky :
    @PD
    YA let indians enjoy mnp soon
    But i am confused which one to choose leaving my airtel

    Vixky-ji The criteria for opting a new service provider depends upon various factors/parameters which vary from region to region and place to place. First is, of course, the ‘signal strength’ (remember – indoor) and second is ‘tariffs’ and third ‘utility’ of your connection (voice communication, data transfer, downloads etc.etc.). Therefore, once ‘MNP’ arrives you start consulting your colleagues, friends, relatives, etc. having non-airtel sim for their first hand service experiences/opinion. Up on such assessment, identify one/two provider(s) from which you can create a homogeneous caller-group (this could save a lot for many service providers have their own ‘on-net’ web concessional offerings). IF not happy opt for another one applying same criteria, just after 90 days and what you loose only Rs.19/- Got it ? What an ………

    Reply
  • Amit.G January 5, 2011 7:20 am, 7:20 AM

    @Vicky
    Uninor’s Business stratergy is very Unique.
    I recently read an Article where CEO of Uninor Mr Sigve brekke said tat Capex will done after increase in revenue, they dont want to invest huge amount all of a sudden and face problems, Since they want to establish themselves as long term serious player they will expand slowly which will not bleed the business.
    ANd since TN & Karnataka are poor performing circles for uninor, Sigve brekke changed top management in both circles & sent a team to check the main reason for the poor performance & based on tat actions will be taken.

    Sigve brekke took over as CEO recently after Stein-Erick Vellan former CEO resigned since he couldn make uninor to perform well.. Sigve brekke after taking charge first removed Isave & I talk plans where we had 2rs rent & some call set up charge, Changed top management in karnataka & TN, Released Dynamic pricing plan with main intension tat ppl should keep ter mobiles on to check discount, Increased Marketing & many more. Guys this man is very brilliant & know very well wat to do. Bcos of him Uninor’s ARPU is 109rs & saw 110% jump in revenues from Q2 to Q3

    Reply
  • Raghu January 5, 2011 12:06 am, 12:06 AM

    @Vicky
    always welcome Vicky.

    Reply
  • Vicky January 4, 2011 11:33 pm, 11:33 PM

    Raghu thanx bro
    and i am testing on uninor
    it has excellent indoor network and clarity and edge speed

    but i have to travel a lot in some towns they have no towers
    i am waiting for them to complete their expansion

    Reply
  • Raghu January 4, 2011 11:20 pm, 11:20 PM

    @Vicky
    i think u better go for Tata Docomo/Uninor.i am sure that Uninor will definitely compete with Airtel,Vodafone in coverage,voice clarity in the next 6 months or so.

    Reply
  • Vicky January 4, 2011 11:15 pm, 11:15 PM

    @PD
    YA let indians enjoy mnp soon
    But i am confused which one to choose leaving my airtel

    Reply
  • PD January 4, 2011 11:18 am, 11:18 AM

    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Yes. Manjoj-ji. Let us be optimistic !

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 3, 2011 11:48 pm, 11:48 PM

    PD :
    Many of us eagerly waiting for MNP regime, which in fact was postponed for umpteen times ! Sibal Saab’s announcements of “First 100 Days” on MNP resulted in fuming comments from all quarters including TT. However I chanced upon a The Hindu News – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1023117.ece wherein it is stated that “………………The Minister further said DoT would ensure speedy implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) that allows subscribers to retain their number while changing the service provider. DoT plans to provide MNP in the entire country by January 20…” Anyway let us kindle the wish!

    MNP will be implemented in the entire country by Jan20.

    Reply
  • PD January 3, 2011 11:23 pm, 11:23 PM

    Many of us eagerly waiting for MNP regime, which in fact was postponed for umpteen times ! Sibal Saab’s announcements of “First 100 Days” on MNP resulted in fuming comments from all quarters including TT. However I chanced upon a The Hindu News – http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1023117.ece wherein it is stated that “………………The Minister further said DoT would ensure speedy implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) that allows subscribers to retain their number while changing the service provider. DoT plans to provide MNP in the entire country by January 20………. ” Anyway let us kindle the wish !

    Reply
  • Sandeep Mulkawad January 3, 2011 9:37 pm, 9:37 PM

    Hi Sanjay,

    I am sandeep mulkawad from mumbai. I am B.Sc (comp. Sci) student, I need some information of the current affairs of Indian Telecoms Industries. If You think so, you can help me please mail me contact details or mail Id.

    Waiting for your reply.

    With regards,
    Sandeep Mulkawad.

    Reply
  • Abhijit January 3, 2011 6:24 pm, 6:24 PM

    sri :
    *******************
    (5) All possible efforts will be made to fill up Board Level vacancies in PSUs and for greater participation of BSNL/ MTNL and C-DOT in national and socially important programmes, while addressing structural issues, improving internal efficiency and financial performance of BSNL/ MTNL.
    *******************
    When Mr.Sibal comes to 5th priority of his action plan by end of 2011, the govt. will fall down or telecom minister will be changed again and MNP will be never be implemented across INDIA.
    NO ONE KNOWS BETTER THAN ME ABOUT MNP

    Are you private Secretary of Telecom Minister? You mean only Hariyana state will enjoy MNP facility & rest of INDIA will suck banana????@@@####????

    Reply
  • sri January 3, 2011 4:23 pm, 4:23 PM

    PD :
    @sri
    Have you seen Sibal Saab on TV while announcing this ?
    He himself was jocular and laughing, not at all serious – He specifically said that this is only a ROAD-MAP … I mean it is only MAP to make a ROAD and reaching destination via this road-map is …guess it ? Read (between the lines of) his non-committal statements ====
    will hold consultations with key stakeholders (Telecom operators) to evolve…….
    dialogue will be initiated with …..
    All possible efforts will be made to …..
    steps to accelerate……..
    Formulation of a package of measures to…..
    Concrete steps towards finalization of ……

    @PD
    I simply crossed my fingers hoping that atleast the coming generations will not be cheated by these USELESS ST…….., FU…..RO………no words to say!
    I am planning to minimize the mobile usage and depend more DATA and VOIP and email!

    Reply
  • Avi H January 3, 2011 2:41 pm, 2:41 PM

    Manoj Abhigyan :

    Amit.G :
    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Can u tell me which VAS got activated by itself??? Bcos u can just Drop a mail to uninor care regarding ur dissatisfaction Surely they will respond.
    Fact is Uninor doesnt want to loose any of its customer & they want to establish themselves as a primary operator in India within 3 years. I was refunded 10rs when i had called 5211(1re/min) for caller tune song change process but operation got failed & next day my money was refunded!!!

    Dear Amit.G, they activated caller tune on my Uninor number. The same happened with my friend’s number also so I posted here. Uninor is almost a good company but this type of cheating was not expected by me from Uninor. Uninor’s ‘nor’ is good but not ‘uni’. Alas, this company were ‘Telenor’…!

    Two thumbs up….. Completely agree with you….

    Reply
  • PD January 3, 2011 2:25 pm, 2:25 PM

    @sri

    Have you seen Sibal Saab on TV while announcing this ?
    He himself was jocular and laughing, not at all serious – He specifically said that this is only a ROAD-MAP … I mean it is only MAP to make a ROAD and reaching destination via this road-map is …guess it ? Read (between the lines of) his non-committal statements ====
    will hold consultations with key stakeholders (Telecom operators) to evolve…….
    dialogue will be initiated with …..
    All possible efforts will be made to …..
    steps to accelerate……..
    Formulation of a package of measures to…..
    Concrete steps towards finalization of ……

    Reply
  • sri January 3, 2011 12:48 pm, 12:48 PM

    *******************
    (5) All possible efforts will be made to fill up Board Level vacancies in PSUs and for greater participation of BSNL/ MTNL and C-DOT in national and socially important programmes, while addressing structural issues, improving internal efficiency and financial performance of BSNL/ MTNL.
    *******************
    When Mr.Sibal comes to 5th priority of his action plan by end of 2011, the govt. will fall down or telecom minister will be changed again and MNP will be never be implemented across INDIA.

    NO ONE KNOWS BETTER THAN ME ABOUT MNP

    Reply
  • Raj January 3, 2011 12:08 pm, 12:08 PM

    munaf January 2nd, 2011 at 16:18 | #7 Reply | Quote just another ‘plan’ and no ‘action’. the pm & govt had announced similar kind of 100 day action plan for all its ministries. But today we can clearly see no change… Infact it has become worse.

    So all this action plan of mr.sibal is just empty talk. NTP 2011 will be streched to become NTP 2015 & MNP will be introduced only when the powerful & influential vodafone-airtel-idea cartel wish it to be introduced.

    Mr.sibal will be no different from any other previous telecom ministers since inception… Because telecom ministry is run by powerful cartels and groups and not by govt!

    @Abhijit

    BSNL n MTNL now offer free roaming in case u donno…..
    I use BSNL sim in MTNL n/w and make calls only at local rates i.e 1p/sec

    Reply
  • Amit.G January 3, 2011 11:32 am, 11:32 AM

    @Manoj Abhigyan
    See buddy i had told u tat Uninor canot be like Reliance/Idea. In customer care executives are not given all the freedom to refund balance especially if they are in training period.

    Reply
  • Pinaki Roy January 3, 2011 10:54 am, 10:54 AM

    We all know enpty drum sounds more. Just see no smooth roll-out of MNP & 3G till now.

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 3, 2011 10:49 am, 10:49 AM

    Manoj Abhigyan :

    Raghu :
    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Please better write to customer care executive and i think they wil be able to refund u the money

    I’ve just written to customer care. Now, lets wait for theire response.

    They refunded today the deducted amount Rs.40. I think customer care executives are useless in every company. They can’t solve any problem. But they respond better to a complain through e-mail. Thanks Raghuji and Amit.G.

    Reply
  • Indian January 3, 2011 3:46 am, 3:46 AM

    Just launch Mobile Number Portability across the nation without any glitches, and I will be more than happy to give above average marks to him.

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 3, 2011 12:21 am, 12:21 AM

    Raghu :
    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Please better write to customer care executive and i think they wil be able to refund u the money

    Thanx Raghuji, I’ve just written to customer care. Now, lets wait for theire response.

    Reply
  • Raghu January 2, 2011 11:38 pm, 11:38 PM

    @Manoj Abhigyan
    please better write to customer care executive and i think they wil be able to refund u the money

    Reply
  • Manikandan Krishnamoorthy January 2, 2011 11:15 pm, 11:15 PM

    IN 1999:

    Here is the new telecom policy – “NTP99″

    IN 2011:

    Over 11 years nothing had happened… it is true… in this 11years, this congress government ruled for over 6years… why they didnt implement which they had planned… same thing is to be repeated this time… with new brand name as “NTP2011″

    IN 2033:

    NTP2011 is still under process.. this is the thing AAM ADMI will face…

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 2, 2011 10:53 pm, 10:53 PM

    Amit.G :
    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Can u tell me which VAS got activated by itself??? Bcos u can just Drop a mail to uninor care regarding ur dissatisfaction Surely they will respond.
    Fact is Uninor doesnt want to loose any of its customer & they want to establish themselves as a primary operator in India within 3 years. I was refunded 10rs when i had called 5211(1re/min) for caller tune song change process but operation got failed & next day my money was refunded!!!

    Dear Amit.G, they activated caller tune on my Uninor number. The same happened with my friend’s number also so I posted here. Uninor is almost a good company but this type of cheating was not expected by me from Uninor. Uninor’s ‘nor’ is good but not ‘uni’. Alas, this company were ‘Telenor’…!

    Reply
  • Keshav Jha January 2, 2011 10:47 pm, 10:47 PM

    After 100 days ‘the work to be done’ will be remain same. Every time the deadline of any project is extended by our govt. Please merge MTNL in BSNL immediately.

    Reply
  • Amit.G January 2, 2011 9:28 pm, 9:28 PM

    @Manoj Abhigyan
    Can u tell me which VAS got activated by itself??? Bcos u can just Drop a mail to uninor care regarding ur dissatisfaction Surely they will respond.
    Fact is Uninor doesnt want to loose any of its customer & they want to establish themselves as a primary operator in India within 3 years. I was refunded 10rs when i had called 5211(1re/min) for caller tune song change process but operation got failed & next day my money was refunded!!!

    Reply
  • Gourav January 2, 2011 8:49 pm, 8:49 PM

    what will be the benefit of this to a general customer?Will some other companies like uninor,cheers,reliance etc will get 2G or 3G spectrum where they haven’t?

    Reply
  • PD January 2, 2011 6:29 pm, 6:29 PM

    IF past is of any indication, then we have seen the results of “100 Days” of Singh Saab’s 2nd innings ! After the announcements, K.Saab assured to come out with a report-card after the expiry of 100 days. However while answering specific questions on feasibilities of his promises and policies, he without a wink, stated the he will ‘initiate plan of implementation sic within 100 days! So we got it – wait and see “Action Plan”

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 2, 2011 6:15 pm, 6:15 PM

    Avi H :
    Now Uninor is gonna get spectrum in Delhi NCR. Hope they launch soon in Delhi NCR

    Don’t wait such cheaters friend. Now a days Uninor is following Reliance, activating VAS arbitrarily and looting customers.

    Reply
  • Manoj Abhigyan January 2, 2011 5:51 pm, 5:51 PM

    Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is going to be implemented pan India by January20.

    Reply
  • Webly January 2, 2011 5:17 pm, 5:17 PM

    Let’s hope for a great year for the Telecom industry.

    Reply
  • Amit.G January 2, 2011 4:46 pm, 4:46 PM

    Seems tat Mr kapil sibal is a really hard working efficient minister the industry had ever seen. Now Biggies like Airtel, Vodafone & Idea who are having excess specrtum will float it to new players like Docomo & uninor

    Reply
  • Arif January 2, 2011 4:44 pm, 4:44 PM

    Mr. Sibbal looks like a intelligent person. He will help telecom to grow and in proper direction.

    Reply
  • munaf January 2, 2011 4:28 pm, 4:28 PM

    also, bsnl & mtnl will be made to under perform & destroy (like air india) so that private operators can prosper. And public money will be used to fund drowning bsnl & mtnl. And the rippling effect will be more taxes & increase in petrol prices to fund these ghotalas! So much for aam aadmi !!

    Reply
  • munaf January 2, 2011 4:18 pm, 4:18 PM

    just another ‘plan’ and no ‘action’. the pm & govt had announced similar kind of 100 day action plan for all its ministries. But today we can clearly see no change… Infact it has become worse.

    So all this action plan of mr.sibal is just empty talk. NTP 2011 will be streched to become NTP 2015 & MNP will be introduced only when the powerful & influential vodafone-airtel-idea cartel wish it to be introduced.

    Mr.sibal will be no different from any other previous telecom ministers since inception… Because telecom ministry is run by powerful cartels and groups and not by govt!

    Reply
  • munaf January 2, 2011 4:16 pm, 4:16 PM

    just another ‘plan’ and no ‘action’. the pm & govt had announced similar kind of 100 day action plan for all its ministries. But we can clearly see no change… Infact it has bexome worse.

    So all this action plan of mr.sibal is just empty talk. NTP 2011 will be streched to become NTP 2015 & MNP will be introduced only when the powerful & influential vodafone-airtel-idea cartel wish it to be introduced.

    Mr.sibal will be no different from any other previous telecom ministers since inception… Because telecom ministry is run by powerful cartels and groups and not by govt!

    Reply
  • firstonnet January 2, 2011 3:35 pm, 3:35 PM

    Really a great 100days future action plan from our hon. Telecom minister Mr. Sibal. But in actual no one is going to think for AAM AADMI, this action plan will going to help private operators only not even for PSU.

    Reply
  • Abhijit January 2, 2011 2:54 pm, 2:54 PM

    First tell your PSU operator BSNL to sit with another PSU MTNL and give MTNL Mumbai users an facility to reduce their roaming rates to 1ps/sec or 0.50ps/min while roaming all over India in BSNL circles. If my above Action plan is taken into consider by Telecom Ministry then only be considered as interest of ‘AAM AADMI’ for Mumbai MTNL Subscribers..

    Reply
  • daarulkhair January 2, 2011 2:48 pm, 2:48 PM

    Mr. Kapil Sibbal first demolise the Education system and now trying the same for TeLeCoM.

    Reply
  • Avi H January 2, 2011 2:32 pm, 2:32 PM

    Now Uninor is gonna get spectrum in Delhi NCR… hope they launch soon in Delhi NCR

    Reply
  • Nilesh Patel January 2, 2011 2:27 pm, 2:27 PM

    Seems like just another free TALKTIME kinda scheme

    Reply
  • AmitS January 2, 2011 2:24 pm, 2:24 PM

    Nilanjan :
    Government shoul be focous on BSNl,not to the private operators..

    But I think BSNL should be free from govt interference.

    Reply
  • M.S. January 2, 2011 2:15 pm, 2:15 PM

    ”AAM AADMI KE KHAS SARKAR” has 100 days of road map.lets see.

    Reply
  • Manoj Thakur January 2, 2011 2:12 pm, 2:12 PM

    Lets see what happens…?

    Reply
  • Santu Sovan Mandal January 2, 2011 2:01 pm, 2:01 PM

    Initiatives are no doubt very good. But only the time will tell the truth.

    Reply
  • Vikram January 2, 2011 1:56 pm, 1:56 PM

    (11) And another scam.

    Reply
  • Steve January 2, 2011 1:55 pm, 1:55 PM

    just talks talks and talks nothing in reality………

    Reply
  • Nilanjan January 2, 2011 1:54 pm, 1:54 PM

    Government shoul be focous on BSNl,not to the private operators..

    Reply

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