Nokia Siemens India head responds to National Telecom Policy 2012

Telecom Lead Asia: Sandeep Girotra, Region Head,
India, Nokia Siemens Networks, said the National Telecom Policy focuses on providing broadband for all, local manufacturing and security.


As a specialist in mobile broadband, Nokia Siemens
remains committed towards working with telecom operators to further increase
teledensity, enhance customer experience and empower communities. To support
domestic manufacturing and export, its Chennai factory is manufacturing
advanced telecom equipments and has the capacity to export approximately 37
percent of the facility’s production across the Asia Pacific after meeting
local demand.

We also procure hundreds of millions of dollars worth of
supplies from Indian companies. Our India operations are completely indigenized
and we have also attained ISO 27001 certification for complying with
Information Security regulations as per Department of Telecommunications’
guidelines,” Girotra added.


Hemant Joshi, partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, said NTP
2012 projects a bold vision for telecom sector with emphasis on spectrum
management, broadband on demand, domestic manufacturing, rural coverage and
infrastructure status, which would spur growth of the telecom sector and in
turn Indian economy as telecom can play role of catalyst in the GDP growth. As
per World Bank estimate, 10 percent increase in telecom penetration results in
0.81 percent growth in GDP in developing country.


Highlights of NTP 2012 are yet to attract telecom industry.

The government is looking at increasing rural teledensity from the current level of around
39 to 70 by the year 2017 and 100 by the year 2020.
The NTP 2012 will assist the industry to reposition mobile phone as an instrument of empowerment.
Broadband will be available for all at a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps.
The NTP 2012 is looking at creating India a global telecom equipment manufacturing hub.
Convergence of network, services and devices is expected.
Liberalization of spectrum will be assisting the telecom industry. Any service in any technology will be allowed.
Unified licensing, delinking of spectrum
from license, online real time submission and processing are highlights of the NTP 2012.
Full mobile number portability will be implemented. Consumers will  will benefit from free roaming.
Resale of mobile services will be allowed.
Voice over Internet Protocol will benefit telecom operators and enterprise users.
NTP 2012 will pave way for Cloud computing, next generation network including IPV6.

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