Despite much opposition from telecom companies against the unified license and free roaming across nation policy as proposed in the National Telecom Policy 2012, a committee of eight members will be meeting on June 17 to review guidelines of the NTP. ET is reporting that the meeting will be chaired by the wireless advisor and the agenda of this meeting will include a discussion on implementation of guidelines for unified licenses documented for telecom players as well as to abolish nationwide roaming charges. Also Read - Telecom industry in India is a mess, says Vodafone India chief
A couple of days back, MF Farooqui, telecom secretary, had told that that the government is expected to issue unified license to all telecom players by the end of June. Under the unified license regime, all the telcos who are demanding an extension of duration of using spectrum will have to buy separate spectrum under unified licenses to continue their services.
Also, free nation-wide roaming has been opposed by telcos. So far, Aircel had started a free roaming campaign and Reliance Communication had supported the government s decision on elimination roaming charges on telecom services. Other telecos however feel that the move will hinder the growth of the sector as most of their revenue is generated through voice services. Moreover, they believe that this will create an imbalance in the industry. Earlier the national free roaming service was had been postponed from March till October this year.
The committee will also discuss the mobile number portability across the nation and will consider approving freeing up more spectrum for public use without holding any charges on it. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had reportedly considered freeing 20MHz at 1880-1900 band to be used for services like Wi-Fi, wireless handsets on landline phones and for testing equipment.