The Indian government will unveil a draft of a new telecoms policy today that will make the process of acquiring new spectrum transparent as well as address many ongoing issues like mergers and acquisitions in a crowded carrier market and doing away with roaming. Here are a few things that can be expected from today’s new telecom policy. Also Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India gains 5 million downloads as part of early access in just a day
- 2G spectrum pricing: Will separate telecom license and spectrum that comes with the license. Likely to introduce market-linked price for spectrum above 6.25MHz granted to any carrier.
- M&A of carriers: Could relax the rules for mergers and acquisition of carriers. Might do away with the rule that requires spectrum hand-over in case of over-lapping circles. Carriers may also be allowed to share or trade spectrum.
- National roaming: Could do away with roaming within the country and also enable users to retain their number even when they relocate to another circle.
- Consumer grievance redressal mechanism: The new policy is also likely to introduce new measures to make consumers aware of tariffs, strengthen consumer protection act and more.