Telecom companies divided over spectrum allocation seek clarification from DoT

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As the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeks to establish a specific legal framework for the allocation of 5G spectrum, major telecom operators are divided, with Reliance Jio proposing auctioning as the only way to allocate all kinds of spectrum. waves, reported The economic period In Monday.

While Bharti Airtel only wants terrestrial access spectrum to be auctioned and satellite and terrestrial waves to be administratively granted, Vodafone Idea wants all spectrum except backhaul to be auctioned, adds the report.

All telecom operators commented on the drafting of a new legal framework to govern the country’s telecom sector, while a draft document is being prepared to be shared for further remarks from stakeholders. officials said. HEY.

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“According to Airtel, spectrum for satellite and backhaul purposes should be administratively allocated, while Vodafone Idea wants administrative allocation for backhaul and auction as the preferred means of satellite access and spectrum,” said a manager. HEY.

While satellite and tech players also oppose auctions as the only way to allocate spectrum, the DoT “will study feedback from various stakeholders and see what could be best offered,” an official said. on a daily economic basis.

“We need to establish a future-ready framework for the development of the telecommunications sector and the deployment of new technologies,” the official said. HEY.

Spectrum allocation is done through a combination of policies and court orders, reported HEYciting a consultation document published by the DoT.

The DoT in the document said, “A new law must provide regulatory clarity and establish a specific legal framework. The principle should be that spectrum will be allocated to best serve the common good and enable widespread access to telecommunications services.

There is also a need for clarity in the allocation of satellite spectrum by regulators. For this, the space department will define the space policy, while the DoT will establish a roadmap for spectrum allocation. The DoT has also referred to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for recommendations on satellite spectrum pricing and allocation methodology.

Meanwhile, telecom operators are also unanimously seeing a convergence law to regulate various communication services such as over-the-top (OTT), DTH and content, the newspaper reported. Likewise, telecommunications companies reiterated their demand for regulation of OTT communication services such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram.

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