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India’s Draft National Telecom Policy 2011: On Licensing, Regulation, Convergence, Spectrum And Manufacturing

In our final post on the Draft New Telecom Policy 2011, we look at policy recommendations regarding spectrum, regulation, exit policy, as well as policy changes related to support for manufacturing and IP creation (standards). Our other posts cover: - Separation of content and carriage - Broadband - Startups & Service Content Providers We urge you to participate in the policy making process, and give your feedback to the government here. There are 13 days left. We will be submitting our recommendations next week. Overview of the draft policy from a spectrum, regulation, manufacturing, standards and IP point of view: Spectrum The Draft New Telecom Policy 2011 offers a few practical solutions for addressing issues such as paucity of spectrum, especially the issue of some telecom operators having excess, underutilized spectrum, and others having insufficient spectrum: - Spectrum sharing, trading: To permit spectrum pooling, sharing and later, trading for optimal and efficient utilisation of spectrum. - Freeing up spectrum: "To move existing users of spectrum i.e. Government departments, public sector, private sector and telecom service providers to alternative frequency bands or media to make spectrum available for introduction of new technologies"..."To make available adequate globally harmonised spectrum in the bands of 450 MHz, 700 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1910 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz and bands identified by ITU for commercial mobile services." - Creating a spectrum roadmap: To prepare a roadmap for availability of additional spectrum every 5 years. - Disconnecting spectrum from licenses: "To enact a separate…

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