The Department of Telecommunications [DoT] has planned to roll out a highly required change in the rules controlling the telecom industry before the commercial launch of the 5G service in India. As of now, the telecom industry is being administered by the obsolete provisions of the Indian Telegraphy Act  and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act . However, technology and the manner of communication have advanced ferociously in the last 20 years.
The new rules need to come into effect soon that will help communication between devices that are connected. The National Law University [NLU] of Delhi has been given a task to study and analyze the acts that require modification or changes because of the emergence of new technology and the transit of time. Anshu Prakash, the Secretary of DoT said, ‘We have engaged the National Law University (NLU), Delhi, to study the Acts and suggest changes and amendments that are necessary due to passage of time and advent of new technologies.’
Anshu Prakash, the Telecom Secretary said that the National Law University has 4 months for preparing the draft. The draft being worked upon comprises Machine-to-Machine [M2M] learning, Internet of Things [IoT], and more. These elements will be significant for use-cases of 5G. He further added, ‘The current legislation regulates the interface of persons with each other and with machines. However, for interfaces between a machine and machine, there are gaps.’
The upcoming mandate will attempt to ease the regulation on the telecom industry to develop innovation. Most significantly, it will allow 5G to grow rapidly in the nation. Prakash said that the current legislation will consider the interface between different individuals and individuals with the machines. Still, it doesn’t comprise any provisions for the machine-to-machine interface.
The noteworthy point is that the key benefit of 5G would be uninterrupted communication between electronic machines or gadgets. 5G network technology is the most unique next-generation technology that helps in downloading procedures within few seconds. The video streaming can be done at a lightning-fast speed. The key potential of 5G wireless technology is allowing electronic gadgets to talk to each other, generating a mesh of connected devices called the IoT. Moreover, the 5G network helps in the automation of a lot of production processes. It aids the world in designing and developing bot cars or driverless cars in reality.
The new rules in the telecom industry will surely aid in the seamless execution of 5G. It helps the country to improve its digital economy and infrastructure as well. It’s considered a great initiative by the Indian Government. For a long time, a change in provisions administering the telecom industry is highly essential. The restoration of the telecom laws is essential to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India mission. Srikrishna Deva Rao, the Vice-Chancellor at NLU, and the team head work on the draft legislation.
The team has noticed some problems related to the 5G implementation. It includes net neutrality, traffic management of differential pricing, and consumer rights relating to the changes suggested in the existing laws. Some other issues include vendor management, product suppliers, authentication for access to sensitive information and systems, and more. The team will organize a consultation meeting in the subsequent 2 weeks with consumer groups, industry associations, civil society organizations, and legal experts. After the meeting, a draft paper will be published to find comments from the common people.One of the officials stated that the team will also analyze international laws to suggest alterations to the existing legislation. An official said, ‘the team has been asked to take a comparative approach while contextualizing it to suit Indian needs and requirements. The new Act will be futuristic and focus on the needs of stakeholders, including end-users.’ The Indian government asked the NLU team to suggest clauses in the existing legislation that is redundant and annex to the submission trouble. Stay in touch with this website to get the latest tech news, telecom updates, and more.