DoT considering exclusive spectrum for defence forces

DoT considering exclusive spectrum for defence forces

New Delhi: The department of telecom is considering the defence ministry’s demand for an exclusive band of spectrum that will not be put to civilian use like mobile telephony and broadcasting.

The consideration of Defence Band is being examined in WPC Wing (Wireless Planning Coordination)of DoT. The issue may further be examined by a committee consisting of members of both the DoT and the ministry of defence, official sources said.

Sources said the quantum of spectrum and the contours of this exclusive band needs scrutiny and it has to be seen that such a band is not in conflict with other users.

The Department, which is currently discussing the draft NFAP (National Frequency Allocation Plan) is also looking at another proposal from the forces on creating a Defence Interest Zone, which will be a 100-km strip along the country’s international borders.

The forces have sought such a zone as they need more spectrum near international borders compared to other areas.

Sources said the work of NFAP and identification of Defence Band would go simultaneously. As Defence is classified in nature, it should not be the part of the NFAP, they said.