Govt to issue long-term wireless licenses
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Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009, 18:04
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) licenses.

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 been delicensed.

"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 uplinking.

It also issues spectrum and licenses to all captive wireless stations like Defence, police, railways, VSATs, radio paging, microwave and maritime.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 18:04

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