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2008-01-09 Telecom War Note by DEA

2008-01-09 Telecom War Note by DEA

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MINISTRY OF FINANCEDepartment of Economic Affairs 
Subject: Spectrum PolicyReferences: (i) Letter No. 10709/FS/2007 dated 22.11.2007 fr om FStoSecretary, Telecom (ii) Reply received fr om Secretary,Telecom – D.O.  No.20-165/2007-AS-I dated 29.11.2007 FM had instructed that the prolific Press reports over the last two months relating to pricing of spectrum and the"TelecomWars" maybe tracked. 02.The Pressreports relate to a varietyof issues. These include:
DoT’s decisions on the pendingapplications for Licenses (for which a deadline of September 25
was declar ed onOctober 1
2007 by DoT);
2G and 3G Spectrum: the quantum available, the methodsof  allocationand pricing thereof ;
DTH and Broadband coverage;
TRAI recommendations on the subject at different times onthe above;
Views of Competition Commission on number of players in Telecom.The common theme underlying all the issues relate to a rangeof technologies now available under the rubric of Telecom - fromtelephony,video, television to broadband DTH etc. (In othe words,transmission of Voice, Mail, Dataand Broadcasting through hand held mobile devices). The radio frequencyto be used for the technology is scace. Themedia interest in DoT and its decisions is on account of itsbeing thecustodian of the radio frequencies spectrum,responsible for itsallocationaswell asthe Authority to
issue licenses to operators in the Telecomsector. 03.A position paper has been prepared on the most contentiousissue that is currently enjoying public attention,i.e. allocation of additional licences and 2G Spectrum to existing and newentrants. Thedraft of the position paper was discussed with FS and thefinal draft isenclosed. 04.The full Telecom Commission was scheduled to meet today. However, the meeting has now been postponed to 15
January2008. Finance Secretary has desired that I mayrepr esent him in the meeting.Sd/-(Sindhushree Khullar)Additional Secretary(EA)09.01.2008FSFM
Draft (Revised 3.1.2008)DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRSPosition Paper on Spectrum Policy References:
(i) Letter No.10709/FS/2007 dated22.11.2007from FS to Secretary, Telecom.(ii) Reply received from Secretary, Telecom - D.O. No.20-165/2007-AS-I dated 29.11.2007.(iii) Agenda for the Cabinet dated 31
 October 2003(iv)New Telecom Policy 1999 and amendmentdated11
Present Arrangements 
01. The Statutory basis for grant of wirelesslicense:
The Indian Telegraph Act,1885(ITA, 1885) and rules made thereunder provide statutory basis for grant of licences by theCentral Government for establishment, maintenanceor working of  wirelessapparatus, equipment and appliances.
The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 (IWTA 1933)andrules made thereunder, provide the Central Governmentwith powers to grant licences for possession of suchwirelessapparatus, equipment and appliances.
Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) Wing of Ministryof Communications & IT exercises powers of the CentralGovernment for grant of suchlicencesunder Section 4 of the ITA,1885 and Section 5 of IWTA1933.1.1 The chronology of Service Licence procedures is atAnnexure-I.

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