East and North-East States and UTs: Broadband Readiness Index

2 Mar, 2020

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The National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018 recommends a Broadband Readiness Index for states/UTs as a tool for states to attract investments and address right of way (RoW) challenges. ICRIER has been tasked by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to undertake a systematic evaluation of states’ performance on metrics set out as goals under the NDCP on an annual basis (2019-2022). Such an exercise will provide useful insights into the strategic choices made by states to optimise policy and the consequent investment allocations in ICT programmes. In this context, ICRIER, in collaboration with the Department of Telecom (DoT), Government of India, organised a regional workshop in Guwahati on March 2, 2020, to discuss the creation of the Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) and the challenges faced by states in data collection. The keynote address was delivered by Anshu Prakash, Secretary (Telecom), DoT, Government of India. Representatives from DoT, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the Tower and Infrastructure Provider’s Association (TAIPA) and ICRIER participated in this third regional interaction with twelve states and union territories (UTs), namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Sikkim. Key speakers at the workshop included Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (T), DoT; T. R. Dua, DG, TAIPA; R. S. Mathews, DG, COAI; Rajat Kathuria, Director and CE, ICRIER; and V. Meenalochiny, DDG, DoT LSA.

Regional Meetings on Broadband Readiness Index

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
The Lily Hotel, G.S. Road Opp. Directorate of Agriculture Office Khanapara, Six Mile, Guwahati, Assam 781022


10:00 am – 10:30 am: Registration, Tea & Coffee

10:30 am – 10:35 am: Welcome Remarks by Senior DDG, NE LSA, Department of Telecom (DoT)
Shri A.K. Sahu

10:35 am – 10:45 am: Address by Additional Chief secretary (IT), Assam State Government
Shri Syedain Abbasi

10:45 am – 11:05 am: Address and Presentation by JS(Telecom), DoT
Shri Hari Ranjan Rao
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11:05 am – 11:35 am: Broadband Readiness Index (BRI)
Presentation by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
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11:35 pm – 11:55 am: Right of Way (RoW) Policy -BRI perspective

Presentation by Director General T.R. Dua, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA)
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11:55 am – 12:15 pm: Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) and other issues

Presentation by Cmde Dr. Jadumani Jena, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
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12:15 pm – 01:10 pm: Q and A / One on One discussion with Nodal Officers of each of the States

01:10 pm – 01:15 pm: Vote of Thanks by CEO & Director, ICRIER

01:15 pm onwards Lunch