Broadband India Forum (BIF) lauded the TRAI’s released recommendations on Enabling Unbundling of Different Layers through Differential Licensing as an apt and timely step forward for the Sector. The recommendations uphold the objectives of the ‘Propel India’ mission of the NDCP 2018 fittingly and would pave a progressive way forward for the sector in terms of improved technological prowess, healthy competition, effective operations and economies of scale.

Commenting on the development, TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum, said, “The recommendations provision active sharing of network resources and infrastructure, which would lead to increased efficiency in the delivery of services by the network operators. Besides significant cost-efficiencies, the recommendations, when implemented, would also act as a catalyst in enhancing investments in the sector. Possibly the first such measure in 26 years to reform the legacy structure of bundled licensing into segregated network layers, this is in line with the best global practices and would boost ease of doing business. This will greatly augment the ecosystem as the entry of new players will raise both competition and technological innovation, thereby benefiting both the network operators and the consumers. It is noted from points 2.55 (g) and 3.1 (g) that migration would be permitted for existing operators to the segregated network layer, and we hope that suitable incentivisation may be provided for the same.”

 Reforming the licensing and regulatory regime via unbundling of different network layers through differential licensing would help facilitate the entry of new players into the market, thereby increasing healthy competition and ease of doing business. They would also act as a catalyst for bringing in new technologies into the industry, which would promote innovation. Enabling sharing of network resources will further strengthen the foundation for deploying advanced wireless services like 5G/6G, by facilitating cooperation and partnerships.