Today, India is one of the fastest growing telecom markets in the world. The unprecedented increase in teledensity and sharp decline in tariffs in the Indian telecom
sector have contributed significantly to the country’s economic growth. Besides contributing to about 3% to India’s GDP, Telecommunications, along with Information Technology, has greatly accelerated the growth of the economic and social sectors.
The National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012) is conceived against this backdrop. The vision is to transform the country into an empowered and inclusive knowledge-based society, using telecommunications as a platform.
NTP-2012 envisages support to platform neutral services in e-governance and mgovernance in key social sectors such as health, education and agriculture that are at present limited to a few organizations in isolated pockets. This will expand the footprint of these services and thus foster an atmosphere of participative democracy delivery model that is truly citizen-centric.