The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) made a revolutionary proposal to simplify the telecom landscape in the nation. The department suggests for one tariff for one licence holder throughout the country. The minutes include the moves like
One tariff for each licence holder across the country
All-India mobile number portability
Doing away with roaming charges
Freedom to companies to use spectrum for any service
The present scenario is like the country divided into 22 circles and each circle carries their own tariff structure. Operators are spread across the nation and owning licences for 2G, 3G, 4G and so on. When the user committed to one operator at one circle and even if he enters in other circle where the own network operator exists, the user need to shell out roaming charges. So, DoT tries to play a stunt here and simplify the knots.
Telecom operators are already reeling in low tariff situation and the competition is neck to neck. So, they might oppose the situation. However, this might also reap a benefit like operators may not required to pay the licence fee for each circle. So, this must grace the big players who are operators who are playing all around the nation.
The committee also suggested to neutral the spectrum. Where the spectrum being auctioned should not be linked to any service and operators should be free to use it for any service (2G, 3G, 4G, etc). There will be a nationwide operating call center and emergency services. This is much closer to the 911 service operated in the US where any citizen can access irrespective of state operations.
Finally, DoT is in the process of formulating a new telecom policy after the controversy of allotment of 2G spectrum. After the resignation and arrest of former telecom minister A.Raja in the 2G spectrum case, the new minister Kapil Sibal announced that the government would come out with some new policy. The policy is expected to lay norms for mergers and acquisitions and spectrum allocations. The policy will also look into enhance the rural belt with the proper communication infrastructure.