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Digital Communications Commission To Discuss Charging Spectrum Fees On Usage Basis

The Digital Communications Commission (DCC), formerly Telecom Commission, is likely to discuss a methodology to charge spectrum fees on the basis of usage. The decision will also cover crucial backhaul spectrum in E and V band. that can be used for connecting mobile towers at short distances and transmitting data between them.

“DCC is likely to discuss on charging fees or a one-time payment of spectrum that is allocated to organizations for various purposes. It is likely to be determined based on four categories,” an official source told.

A committee under the Department of Telecommunications(DoT) has been working on the classification of spectrum allocated to various organizations and how they should be charged in compliance with the Supreme Court order dated February 2, 2012, in which the court annulled 122 telecom licenses.

Radiowaves used for transmitting signals to mobile phones are referred to as the access spectrum, while backhaul spectrum augments signals between mobile towers at the back-end. DCC, the apex decision-making body at the DoT, may discuss issues such as levying of charges for backhaul spectrum used by commercial entities. spectrum allocated to organizations for internal use only and not being used to generate revenue; the spectrum allocated for public services and not linked to commercial gains like police communications and railway signals.

Data through E (71-76 gigahertz frequency and 81-86 GHz) and V (57-64 GHz frequency range) band can be transmitted with speed of around 1000 megabits per second. Spectrum in these band. can ease work of telecom operator from laying optical fiber cable. Telecom companies are divided on E and V band spectrum allocation on whether the spectrum in these band. should be auctioned or given administratively. Telecom regulator TRAI has recommended allocation these radio waves at a fixed rate.―Devdiscourse

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