Unleashing the Potential of the National Digital Communications Policy 2018

May 17, 2019

Jacaranda, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The National Digital Communication Policy 2018 (NDCP 2018) targets a trillion-dollar digital economy by 2022. It is estimated that the telecom sector would attract investments of $100 bn. For the policy and investment goals to be realized, a robust and reliable telecom/Internet infrastructure and a well-designed roadmap are the underlying bedrocks.

As we celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) (May 17), the workshop brings together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss some of the existing challenges and opportunities for the regulation of digital technologies and markets as outlined under the NDCP 2018. The workshop also explores the current year’s theme of WTISD - “Bridging the standardization gap”.

The workshop is organised under the broad themes of:

  • Connectivity for All
  • Regulatory Frameworks for the Digital Economy

Connectivity for All

Creating a Robust Mobile Telecommunications Infrastructure

This session will focus on approaches to create a robust mobile telecommunications infrastructure as the basis for a nation-wide telecom infrastructure. The overall spectrum availability across bands, developing framework for spectrum audit, speeding up the process of spectrum management and trading/sharing, better spectrum auction design, regulatory challenges and convergences of tower infrastructure are the key issues that need to be addressed.

Strengthening Complementary Infrastructure

The session will highlight that strengthening the complementary infrastructure including fibre and satellite are critical for a ubiquitous Internet in the country. It will focus on issues with current model, identifying better models for fibre deployment, increasing last mile connectivity, policy and regulatory challenges in strengthening community and state-wide networks. The need for development of a futuristic national satcom policy and a national satellite network to increase internet penetration and serve as back up to the existing network will also be discussed.

Regulatory Frameworks for the Digital Economy

Assessing Competitive Effects of Regulation

This session highlights competition issues in the telecom sector to ensure its healthy growth. The session will cover emerging issues such as predatory pricing and impact on investments and market conditions. The session will also focus on encouraging synergies between regulatory institutions and developing principles for governance of telecom markets.

Governance of Emerging Technologies & Markets

This session focuses on governance of digital services and applications, including regulatory principles, and legal or institutional frameworks needed for the emerging digital economy. Some of the key issues to be discussed under this session include existing frameworks for the regulation of data and privacy in India, emerging regulatory challenges including access for law enforcement, cross-border data flows and data sovereignty.

“Bridging the Standardization Gap”

This session will discuss the challenges in navigating the “standards development world”, from the perspective of a young SDO like Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) and new actors like Indian Startups and SMEs.

Unleashing the Potential of The National Digital Communications Policy 2018

May 17, 2019
Jacaranda, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
(Entry from gate number 3 on Vardhaman Marg)

Welcome Tea and Registration

09:15-10:00 Inaugural Session
  1. Prof Rekha Jain, IIM Ahmedabad: Welcome and Setting the Agenda
  2. Mr P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone-Idea: Setting the context
  3. Mr Pradeep Rao, Member, TRAI (Chief Guest): Inaugural Address

Connectivity for All

10:00-11:15 Panel 1 - Creating a Robust Mobile Telecommunications Infrastructure
  1. Mr Kishore Babu, DDG (Policy), DoT
  2. Mr Udai Srivastava, Pr Advisor, TRAI
  3. Mr Parag Kar, VP, Government Affairs, India & South Asia, Qualcomm
  4. Mr Vikram Tiwathia, DDG, COAI
  5. Mr Rajat Mukarji, Head of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone-Idea (Moderator)
11:15-11:30 Tea Break
11:30-12:45 Panel 2 - Strengthening Complementary Infrastructure
  1. Mr Tilak Raj Dua, DG, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association
  2. Mr Rajiv Mahajan, SVP, Tejas Networks
  3. Mr Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Head, SDN & OS Platform, Sterlite Technologies Limited
  4. Mr Debasish Bhattacharya, Senior Director, Technology & policy, Broadband India Forum (Moderator)
12:45-13:30 Networking Lunch

Regulatory Frameworks for the Digital Economy

13:30-14:45 Panel 3 - Assessing Competitive Effects of Regulation
  1. Mr Rajat Mukarji, Head of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone-Idea
  2. Mr Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER
  3. Ms Smriti Parsheera, Fellow, NIPFP
  4. Mr Rajan Mathews, DG, COAI
  5. Prof Rekha Jain, Professor, IIM Ahmedabad (Moderator)
14:45-15:00 Tea Break
15:00-16:15 Panel 4 - Governance of Emerging Technologies & Markets
  1. Mr Alok Prasanna, Sr. Resident Fellow, Vidhi Legal
  2. Mr Siddharth Narayan, CUTS International
  3. Mr Nikhil Pahwa, Medianama
  4. Ms Kavita Bhatia, Scientist F, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
  5. Ms Urvashi Prasad, Public Policy Specialist, NITI Aayog (Moderator)
16:15-16:30 Tea Break
16:30-17:30 Panel 5 - “Bridging the Standardization Gap”

Anchored by: Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI)

  1. Mr R K Pathak, Deputy Director General –International Cooperation, Department of Telecommunications, Governing Council Member, TSDSI
  2. Mr Vipin Tyagi, Executive Director, CDOT, Past Governing Council Member, TSDSI
  3. Mr Deepak Yadav, NOKIA Solutions and Networks India Pvt. Ltd., Governing Council Member, TSDSI
  4. Mr Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU-APT Foundation of India
  5. Mr Sharad Arora, Founder and Managing Director, Sensorise Digital Services Private Limited, Member TSDSI
  6. Mr Preetham Uthaiah, Saankhya Labs, Member TSDSI
  7. Ms Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI (Moderator)

Valedictory Session