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Mr. M. F. Farooqui

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To provide secure, reliable, affordable and high quality coverged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelarated inclusive socio-economic development


1. To develop a robust and secure state-of-the-art telecommunication network providing seamless coverage with special focus on rural and remote areas for bridging the digital divide and thereby facilitate socio-economic development.

2. To create an inclusive knowledge society through proliferation of affordable and high quality broadband services across the nation. 
3. To reposition the mobile device as an instrument of socio-economic empowerment of citizens.
4. To make India a global hub for telecom equipment manufacturing and a centre for converged communication services. 
5. To promote Research and Development, Design in cutting edge ICTE technologies, products and services for meeting the infrastructure needs of domestic and global markets with focus on security and green
 6. To promote development of new standards to meet national requirements, generation of IPRs and participation in international standardization bodies to contribute in formation of global standards, thereby making India a
leading nation in the area of telecom standardization.
 7. To attract investment, both domestic and foreign. 
8. To promote creation of jobs through all of the above

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The telecom services have been recognized the world-over as an important tool for socio economic development for a nation and hence telecom infrastructure is treated as a crucial factor to realize the socio-economic objectives in India. Accordingly, the Department of Telecom has been formulating developmental policies for the accelerated growth of the telecommunication services. The Department is also responsible for grant of licenses for various telecom services like Unified Access Service Internet and VSAT service. The Department is also responsible for frequency management in the field of radio communication in close coordination with the international bodies. It also enforces wireless regulatory measures by monitoring wireless transmission of all users in the country.

The Telecom Commission was set up by the Government of India vide Notification dated 11th April, 1989 with administrative and financial powers of the Government of India to deal with various aspects of     Telecommunications. The Commission consists of a Chairman, four full time members, who are ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Telecommunications and four part time members who are the Secretaries to the Government of India of the concerned Departments.


  1. Rapid Expansion of Telecom Infrastructure for Voice, data & Broadband with Special emphasis on rural areas
  2. Promotion of indigenous R&D; and Manufacturing
  3. Skill development in Telecom Sector
  4. Adequate Telecom Network Security
  5. Strengthening of PSUs/Autonomous Organisations
  6. Formulation of Policy on Licensing Framework and Spectrum Management
  7. Infrastructure Development and promotion of Green Telecom
  8. Empowerment of consumers of Telecom Services
  9. Streamlining of Spectrum Allocation
  10. Implementation of IPv6
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Facilitating increase in rural tele-density   % increase in rural tele-density % 38 41 45 50 55
2. Facilitating increase in overall tele-density   % increase in overall tele-density % 78.66 80 90 100 110
3. Penetration of broadband
DeitY, Department of Expenditure,
Planning Commission, State Governments
Number of broadband connections provided (in millions)













4. Indigenous manufacturing of telecom equipment Departmant of IP&P, Ministry of Finance Facilitating indigenous manufacturing of telecom equipment (Rs. in crore)

Rs. (in crore)












5. Enhanced Security of the Telecom Network MHA, NSCS, DeitY
% of Telecom Service Providers whose compliance to
security guidelines has been ensured through audit etc.
%   100 100 100 100
6. Reduction of Pollution/Consumption of fossil fuels MNRE, Ministry of Power, State electricity Boards, Planning Commission, Department of Expenditure Number of Base Terminal Stations (BTSs) operating on Renewable Energy



  3500 40000 60000 100000


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