Telecom Min approves NFAP-2011

Telecom Min approves NFAP-2011

New Delhi: Telecom minister Kapil Sibal has given in-principle approval to draft National Frequency Allocation Plan-2011 (NFAP), which would help in efficient spectrum management and higher mobile penetration in rural areas, a source in the department of telecom (DoT) said.

The plan (NFAP 2011) aims to give a boost to domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment and efficient utilization of spectrum.

The Wireless Planning Commission (WPC), the spectrum allocation wing of DoT, had issued the draft on NFAP in March. “The draft will now go to a group of ministers with(in) a month and then it will be send to the Cabinet for approval," the source added.

Various government departments, telecom operators and telecom industry bodies Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) had expressed disagreement to the DoT on the various clauses under the NFAP for 2011, although, the final draft has rejected the concerns of these organizations.

“The objections raised by organizations concerned have no technical and regulatory base," the NFAP document said.