According to the minister of state for communication and IT, Sanjay Dhotre, the government has no intention of discontinuing 2G mobile services as the choice of technology for provision of telecom services are left to the service provider as per their respective business considerations.

Dhotre while addressing the Lok Sabha added that the government has not yet received any such suggestion from operators.

Talking about government’s effort to build indigenous 5G technology solution, the minister said that in March 2018, Department of Telecommunications (DoT)had approved a multi-institute collaborative project to set up indigenous 5G test bed at a total cost of Rs 2,240 million in collaboration with prominent IIT institutes.

Further, the minister also added that government does not feel the requirement of any regulatory intervention related to privacy and security issues of over-the-top (OTT) players at the moment. According to him, it is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently.

Further, on the matter, Dhotre added that it may be looked into afresh when more clarity emerges in international jurisdictions particularly the study undertaken by International Telecommunication Union (ITU).