Centre to Announce National Frequency Allocation Plan 2018 at the IMC: Telecom Secretary

The Centre would announce the National Frequency Allocation Plan at the three-day India Mobile Congress (IMC) which has started today in New Delhi, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. She also said that “major” announcements would be made regarding manufacturing in telecom and communications sector at the second edition of the conference. “Some major announcements including the NFAP ’18, National Frequency Allocation Plan would be made at IMC”, Sundarajan told reporters of IANS.

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The event plans to showcase India’s “vibrant” telecom market and the country’s “leadership” position in the segment, she added. The secretary said: “You will hear some important announcements on the manufacturing side tomorrow… Since this is going to be one of the biggest events of its kind in south and south-east Asia, we are positioning India as a global telecom hub for investments, manufacturing, as well as for services of the future.”

Talking of international participation, Director General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India, Rajan Mathews said: “We have at least 6 or 7 major countries (participating). Canada is bringing around 20 companies. The UK and the US are represented… We have the BIMSTEC countries (also).”

The inaugural session of IMC 2018 would be attended by the Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Housing and Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri and Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Further, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Airtel, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Vodafone Idea Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and Vivek Badrinath, Vodafone Group’s CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMAP), would also be present, the secretary said.

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