Trai to be renamed as DCRAI soon: Minister

Trai to be renamed as DCRAI soon: Minister

The name of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will be changed to Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said Wednesday.

"Now I should address you as Digital Communications Regulator," Sinha told Trai Chairman R S Sharma from the dais at the Annual General Meeting of telecom infrastructure body TAIPA.

When asked from when the new name of Trai, Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India, will be effective, Sinha said, "It will be done soon".

The minister earlier in the day shared change in name of Telecom Commission-- apex decision-making body at the Department of Telecom, to Digital Communications Commission.

At the event Sinha said telecom infrastructure have played a vital role in the development of telecom market in the country by "enabling rapid rollout of towers from mere 1 lakh in 2006 to 4.71 lakh currently".

He said that the new policy, National Digital Communications Policy 2018, addresses the growing need of telecom sector in the country. Sharma said NDCP 2018 is transformational in the sense it lays down quantifiable objective -USD 100 billion investment, 50 Mbps download speeds.

"NDCP talks about creating tower authority. The policy very clearly lays down to prepare India for digital tomorrow," Sharma said. He said that as a nation while we are transporting data, and 93% of it is done on wireless networks.