DoT firms up frequency allocation plans

12 Mar 2009

The Hindu Business Line is reporting that the Wireless Planning and Co-ordination (WPC) arm of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finalised its National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) for 2009. The policy will guide spectrum allocation and it understood that the DoT has now earmarked additional spectrum for 3G services to be offered by CDMA-based cellcos. Previously the regulator had set aside frequency for only a single CDMA operator to offer 3G services in the 800MHz band, but the new guidelines will open up capacity in the 450MHz and 1900MHz bands. Additionally, another noteworthy change in the NFAP is that, for the first time, it has specifically assigned frequencies for wireless broadband services, including WiMAX, in the 700MHz, 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands.