New telecoms policy expected in January

18 Nov 2011

India’s telecoms secretary R Chandrasekhar has told reporters that the country’s new telecoms policy should be formally unveiled in January. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the new proposals include: allowing cellcos to share spectrum; a further easing of regulation governing M&A activity; the release of 300MHz of additional spectrum in 2017 and a further 200MHz in 2020; and forcing operators to provide roaming between the country’s telecoms ‘circles’. The new policy comes in the wake of the licensing scandal of 2008/09 which may have cost the state up to USD39 billion in lost revenue.