Govt Working To Ensure Efficient Use Of Spectrum

The government is collaborating with all sectors to guarantee that spectrum is used efficiently for the convergence of developing technologies.

Spectrum refers to the radio frequencies, which is allocated to the telecom service providers and other sectors to facilitate communication over the airwaves for providing internet, voice services, among other communication services.



According to K. Rajaraman, Chairman, DCC & Secretary, Department of Telecommunication, Government of India,

“With the promises of convergence of a lot of these technologies and the development of new methods and new technologies that is obviously an opportunity for us to actually sit together and ensure that the spectrum which is currently deployed to be used in a more efficient manner.(As) technologies evolve continuously, therefore, the use of spectrum also needs to evolve…to give ways to effective and more productive ways of deployment of spectrum.”

 

The telecom secretary’s comments are significant in light of the differing perspectives on satellite spectrum held by satellite operators and the telecom industry. While telecom businesses want satellite communication spectrum auctioned, satellite service providers want the government to allocate spectrum administratively.

Companies such as Bharti Group-backed One Web, Jio Satellite Communications, among some global players are currently in the race to offer satellite-broadband services in the country.

While the Department of Telecommunications has pitched for auctioning of airwaves, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is yet to come up with its recommendations on the method of allocation of spectrum.

Through effective deployment of spectrum, the government also aims to ensure convergence of emerging technologies. For example – compatibility of devices such as smartphones to support both terrestrial networks as well as satellite communication services.

“With the promises of convergence of a lot of these technologies and the development of new methods and new technologies that is obviously an opportunity for us to actually sit together and ensure that the spectrum which is currently deployed to be used in a more efficient manner,” Rajaraman said.



Rajaraman stated earlier this month that satellite-based broadband services will most likely be available in India by the middle of next year. The administration anticipates that the process of allocating satellite spectrum will be completed over the next 9-10 months.

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