New Delhi: The government will set up shortly
a committee to prepare a road map for issuing long-term
wireless licenses to mobile operators, broadcasters and other
private and public captive users like the defence forces,
security agencies and the police.
The move may see a complete overhauling of the Wireless
and Planning Coordination wing of the Department of Telecom
and a gradual shift towards delicensing of wireless (spectrum)
An internal DoT note says demands on the spectrum is
growing due to increased need for mobile communications.
Convergence of broadcasting, telecom and information is
another factor affecting the role of wireless licensing. Some
of the frequency bands for use of low power appliances have
"Therefore presently there is a need to review the issue
of wireless licensing, including the periodicity of their
renewals and also consider wirless licensing on a long-term
basis", says the DoT note.
The notes says the DoT is now going to set up a committee
which will look into all the issues relating to review of
various categories of licensing functions under WPC wing.
The WPC`s main function is frequency assignment and
licensing of all wireless stations in the country for mobile
services -- CDMA, GSM, 3G, BWA, Gateways for long distance
telephony like ILD and NLD, Internet service -- for
broadcasting services like RF and FM radio and satellite TV
It also issues spectrum and licenses to all captive
wireless stations like Defence, police, railways, VSATs, radio
paging, microwave and maritime.