New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said that spectrum allocated to mobile operators cannot be shared, but permitted sharing other active infrastructure like antenna and feeder cables that could help companies check costs.
Issuing the new guidelines on sharing of infrastructure, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has said that sharing the active infrastructure amongst service providers based on mutual agreements entered among them is permitted.
“Active infrastructure sharing would be limited to antenna, feeder cable, Node B, Radio Access Network (RAN) and transmission system only. Sharing of the allocated spectrum will not be permitted,” DoT said in a statement.
The licensing conditions of UASL/CMSP will be suitably amended wherever necessary to permit such sharing.
Earlier, only passive sharing of infrastructure was allowed by the DoT. Passive infrastructure includes telecom towers, shelters and repeaters.
The move is expected to further lower the infrastructure costs incurred by the service providers.
“The guidelines are aimed on reducing the input costs on telecom access providers which the telecom ministry hopes would facilitate in reduced tariff and increased teledensity in rural areas,” DoT said.