Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Service provider companies in india
The Telecom Ministry of India has given its nod to National Frequency Allocation Plan 2011 aimed at making available more spectrum for telecom service provider companies in india. Telecom Ministry also sets aside small chunks of spectrum for trials by local equipment manufacturers in india. Despite opposition from the indian Department of Space and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Telecom Ministry of india has identified the S band and the 700 Mhz frequency, along with a bunch of other new spectrum bands, for wireless broadband services in india.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the indian Department of Space want to use 700 Mhz and the Sband for Mobile Television services and satellite services, respectively. According to the National Frequency Allocation Plan for 2011, prepared by the Wireless Planning and Coordination wing of the DoT, at least TEN new frequency bands have been identified for broadband (internet) services in india. While National Frequency Allocation Plan is the Government's future roadmap for spectrum usage, the Wireless Planning and Coordination is the custodian of airwaves and decides on who gets to use which part of the various frequency bands services. However, the actual implementation of National Frequency Allocation Plan for 2011 Plan depends upon interministerial negotiations. The new frequency bands will provide a reprieve to telecom companies as they have been facing a crunch in spectrum over the past few years. The Telecom operators will need more spectrum in the near future as data usage starts picking up. The Government has set a target of 100 million broadband subscribers in india by coming year 2014.
WIRELESS BROADBAND KEY DRIVER
According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, there will be a need for 6OOO Gbps (compared with 750 G. b. p. s. in 2010) of bandwidth in the next 3 years to support all that demand by telecom services provider company. While some of this demand will be met by optical fibre cable for services, wireless broadband is expected to be the key driver. Hence, availability of spectrum is crucial. However, non telecom users such as the Defence, space agencies and broadcasters also need spectrum and there is an overlap in the frequency bands used by them and telecom operators in india. The National Frequency Allocation Plan 2011 will now go to a Group of Ministers with a month and then it will be send to the Cabinet Secretariat Building, New Delhi, India for approval.
Source: The Hindu BusinessLine