No plans for independent spectrum regulator, says DoT

15 Jul 2009

According to India’s Economic Times, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has ruled out the option of setting up an independent regulator tasked specifically with the management of spectrum-related matters. Instead it is understood that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will continue to issue recommendations on such issues, and the Wireless Planning Council (WPC) will remain in place as the nodal agency responsible for planning, allocating and managing the spectrum given to operators. The regulator has, however, said it plans to press for increased powers for the WPC, including the ability to relocate and withdraw spectrum. The TRAI meanwhile argues that it, not the WPC, should be assigned the role of spectrum management, having previously said: ‘Due to cumbersome procedures, lack of automation, non-availability of data bases, lack of networking and unresponsive procedures, the present arrangement and practices of allocating spectrum being followed by WPC is unable to keep pace with the best international standards.’