Telecom policy 2011 to be ready by June

Telecom policy 2011 to be ready by June

New Delhi: The National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2011, which will lay down guidelines for allocation of spectrum and acquisitions, will be ready by June, according to two department of telecommunications (DoT) officials familiar with the development.

The policy aims to make the country’s telecom sector more transparent, relax merger and acquisition norms to encourage consolidation, and also to give more powers to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

NTP is a framework document brought out by DoT after a number of rounds of consultations with stakeholders in the sector and experts. The document is meant to provide a direction for policy decisions for the India telecom sector.

This will be the third NTP document unveiled by the government after one in 1994 that allowed privatization and competition in the sector. In 1999, the second NTP brought about easier access and the lowest tariffs in the world, making the Indian telecom sector the second largest and fastest growing.

Separately, DoT also issued notices to Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd, Idea Cellular Ltd, Aircel and Tata Teleservices Ltd to cease providing intra-circle third-generation roaming access to subscribers of other operators who don’t have 3G spectrum of their own in a particular area. The companies have been given until Saturday afternoon to act on the directive.