In a move that gives telecom operators opportunity to provide quality service and high speed mobile internet, the Department of Telecom has asked companies to align their spectrum frequencies by June 15. The DoT in a letter to telecom operators said that “shifting of carriers shall commence with effect from May 23, 2016 and be completed by June 15, 2016.” Also Read - Department of Telecom to meet telcos, associations on new telecom policy todayAlso Read - Government mulls utility duct for optical fibre cables as part of road design
Spectrum holding in India is highly fragmented owing to the fact that the spectrum allocated to telecom operators was assigned in different quantum at different points of time. Fragmented allocation of spectrum results in inefficiencies and hence it in a way defeats the purpose of liberalization of airwaves for providing high speed data services like 3G and 4G. Also Read - Final report on setting up of Telecom Finance Corporation submitted to DoT
“Like a thick water pipe can carry huge amount of water at good speed, spectrum frequencies aligned together can also act like a fat pipe and deliver high speed data without wastage. Services through fragmented spectrum is like delivering water to one customer through various thin pipes,” an official explained.
Industry has been requesting government to facilitate harmonization of spectrum spots so that they can deliver quality service at less cost. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has also recommended government at various occasions to facilitate harmonization of spectrum and sell only contiguous frequencies as it can fetch good value because of its efficiency.