Spectrum audit and spectrum pooling under consideration: Milind Deora

NEW DELHI: The Government wants to encourage spectrum audit and spectrum pooling and sharing for optimal and efficient use of spectrum, according to Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora.

Deora said the draft National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2011 has indicated that a Spectrum Act will provide more teeth to the Spectrum Management Authority to deal with reframing and withdrawal of allotted spectrum, cancellation and revocation of spectrum licenses.

The Minister was speaking at a week-long Meeting of Working Party 5D of ITU-Radio Sector on issues relating to International Mobile Telecommunication (IMT) in Goa.
He said India is taking all necessary steps to maximize use of spectrum for mobile and broadband services in the country. Speaking about regulatory provisions, he mentioned that spectrum could be considered for delicensing for certain technical parameters which shall not cause interference to existing usages in the band.

In this connection, use of white spaces in the broadcasting bands are being considered for delicensing of the same for limited technical parameters, he added.
Deora also mentioned that India has established an Institute of Advanced Spectrum Engineering and Management Studies (IARSEMS) for undertaking research and studies on radio spectrum engineering management and radio monitoring to enhance use of spectrum for commercial and strategic usages by private and Government sectors in the country.

Ms. Sadhana Dikshit, Member of the Telecom Commission said India has registered phenomenal growth in the mobile sector and today India’s telephone network with 893 million phones of which 858 million are wireless is the second largest in the world.

She said telecommunications have been playing an ever increasing role in the socio-economic development of countries as the Radiocommunication is a most important pillar in the modern era with more and more dependence on mobility, convergence and information.

Radiocommunications are changing the way people live and the way societies organize themselves, thanks to mobile telephony, mobile internet access, satellite television and satellite Radionavigation, which are able to connect virtually everybody in the World, to provide instant access to information and to deliver a wealth of new important applications.

Dr. Ashok Chandra, Wireless Advisor to the Government, spoke of initiatives taken including promulgation of National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP-2011) and salient features of draft New Telecom Policy-2011 relating to the IMT applications

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