The Central Government has finalised the spectrum sharing guidelines and will notify the same in a few days while the spectrum trading rules, which are also in the last phase of finalisation will be shared by the end of this month. Rakesh Garg, Chairman, Telecom Commission & Secretary, DoT, Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt of India announced while addressing the CII Telecom Convergence Summit in New Delhi today.
“Our Govt’s objective is to enable mobile operators to utilise / sell the excess available airwaves in a better way and to check the call drop issue. The guidelines have been finalised in such a way as to promote India as one of the most favoured destination to do business in the telecom industry”, Garg added.
"The government had decided two years back that spectrum sharing and trading will be allowed but the guidelines have not been notified so far. Now, the Cabinet has given nod for both sharing and trading of spectrum," the secretary further Garg.
It may be shared here that the government had approved sharing guidelines on August 12 that provide operators an alternative to share the unused or excess spectrum available with them with other players. Spectrum trading is an alternative for operators to acquire more spectrum. In this case, a telecom operator can sell its right to use spectrum to another mobile service provider, which is not allowed under spectrum sharing rules.
Once these guidelines are notified, telecom operators would be able to share their spectrum holding that will help them in decongesting their networks and provide quality phone call services.
“The government has identified broadband and mobile networks as key growth pillars under Digital India, but it will serve the purpose by bringing about favourable policy initiatives, lesser regulatory hurdles, process improvements, removing capacity constraints, adopting efficient operational models and by leveraging the emerging technologies like Cloud, Social Media, Analytics and mobility", said Umang Das, CII Telecom Convergence Summit Chairman & Chief Mentor – Viom Networks & Vice Chairman, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association while speaking in the conference.
A strong Government – Industry interface is the need of the hour in order to achieve our objective of 100 smart cities, providing 4 lac public internet points, converting 2.5 lac schools and colleges into wifi zones, create 17 million jobs in ICT and crating 17 million IT professionals and provide government services through IT. We can convert community centres to provide these government services”, said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia Networks.
“An interesting aspect about India is that 75 percent of the new internet users and 50 percent of the existing net users are active only on mobile phones as against 10 – 15 percent in China and US. Hence, we need to innovate, integrate and find applications and solutions which are efficient, specific to mobile users, suitable for viewing on small screens in order to cater efficiently to this industry with US $ 3 trillion potential globally”, said Arvind Bali, Director & Chief Executive Officer, Videocon Telecommunications in the conference.