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NFAP’s spectrum identification will be beneficial for delivery of mobile broadband, says COAI

November 06, 2018

According to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) will be beneficial for the delivery of ‘mobile broadband for all’. The NFAP is expected to provide a necessary roadmap for the evolution of the Indian Digital Communications industry.

The NFAP lists the use of all spectrum bands in the country by various users. On the basis of identification of the bands for various services in the country, the government would allocate spectrum to the concerned stakeholders. In addition, the NFAP has also identified certain dedicated spectrum for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications).

This is important because it would allow the use of this spectrum for futuristic network and communication technologies such as 5G. Further, identifying spectrum for technologies such as machine to machine (M2M) would help in creating opportunities for the industry to build domestically and push the government’s ‘Make in India’ vision. Thus, the deployment of the latest NFAP compliments the Government’s ambitious Digital India dream and early deployment of 5G services in the country.

Meanwhile, the recently launched National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP), 2018, also recognised spectrum as a natural resource.

Commenting on the development, Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI, stated, “It is important for countries to harmonise the use of spectrum across the countries to ensure economies of scale in terms of equipment manufacturing and seamless roaming. It can thus truly deliver on the National broadband objective for ‘broadband for all’ at affordable tariff rates.”

 

 
 

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