DoT mulls single licence for 17 services but sans spectrum
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DoT mulls single licence for 17 services but sans spectrum

Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 16:07
 
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DoT mulls single licence for 17 services but sans spectrum
New Delhi: In a development that could make the process simple and minimize the bureaucratic interference, the government is mulling a single telecom licence in the place of 17 types of service-specific ones.
The unified licence would, however, be without spectrum necessary for mobile services. Operators are free to apply for the single licence separately. When asked how it would benefit the consumers, sources in the know said 17 types of services also include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and if the single licence regime comes any player can start a service that does not require spectrum, leading to competition and resultant fall in tariff. Now separate licences are given for telecom services, including basic, cellular, unified access service, NLD, ILD, cable TV, DTH, TV and broadcasting services, Internet telephony etc. All services covered under class licence, 'Licensing through Authorisation’ and standalone Broadcasting & Cable licences. There is a proposal that a single licence could be given at a nominal registration fee and the player should be allowed to offer any kind of service under the licence and allocation of spectrum should be delinked from that. According to senior officials in the Department of Telecom (DoT), regulator TRAI had recommended this some time back but was not considered. Asked whether DoT has fixed any time frame for this, the officials said the issue is being discussed. PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 16:07


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