New Delhi: With a view to bring transparency in the telecom sector and attract investors, the Centre on Monday unveiled a draft on its much awaited New Telecom Policy (NTP).

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said, “Draft National Telecom Policy 2011 targets broadband on demand and increase in teledensity to 60 percent by 2017 and 100 percent by 2020”.
 
Sibal said, “Draft NTP aims for 'one nation-one licence'; targets full MNP and free roaming. Draft telecom policy delinks spectrum from licence while radiowaves are to be made available at market price.

He added, “Revenue generation for government will have secondary role under draft NTP. It will make 300 MHz of spectrum available by 2017 and another 200 MHz by 2020 and will seek Trai's recommendations on new licences, migration to new licences and exit policy for NTP-2011.”

The NTP was announced by Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal amid rising concerns and lawsuits over allocation of telecom spectrum. It aims at granting the status of infrastructure sector to the telecom sector.

(Agencies)