In order to sort out the various issues bogging down the
country''s telecom sector, the government is drafting a
new telecom policy. Announcing this in Chennai, the union
minister for communications, information and technology,
said, "The policy will be announced soon. We would
like to remove all the artificial barriers that hinder
the sector." According to him the new policy will
also address whether net telephony would be allowed within
thrust of the government now is towards making the country
into single unikfied telecom circle, he said.
step towards this was taken sometime back when the department
of telecommunications did away with the need for prefixing
the STD code between eight circles Chennai and
Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Maharashtra, Uttar Pradsh East
and Uttar Pradesh West and Kolkata and West Bengal.
also announced that the Chennai and Tamil Nadu mobile
telecom circles would be merged into one from October
2005 onwards. "This is due to the fact that the players
in both the circles are under common ownership,"
will be interesting to note in the government''s move towards
circles is the way the concerns of National Long Distance
(NLD) players would be addressed. There are four players
in the NLD segment viz - VSNL, Reliance, Bharti and the
public sector BSNL. The first three have entered the field
paying licence fees.