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DoT Mulls Online Allocation of Wireless Licence To Facilitate Ease of Doing Business

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to speed up the process of wireless license allocations by taking it online as part of various steps to facilitate ease of doing business in the sector.

“We are doing multiple things for ease of doing business. For wireless allocation of license, we are putting SACFA and WPC clearances online, which will be done within a month,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told ET.

WPC or Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing carries out statutory functions of the ministry of communications, and its division, the Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) offers clearances for the country’s wireless deployments. SACFA earlier used to take close to six months to allocate radio waves to operators.The telcos’ demand to bring the clearance mechanism online has been pending for last few years with the government, which is now fast tracking it as part of its efforts to bring transparency and to minimize human intervention.

Telecom service providers expect these applications to be cleared within a maximum 30 days, once the process is brought online. “This (automation) will directly help promote efficiency, resulting in faster clearances and transparency, subsequently leading to considerable cost savings and digitization initiatives,” Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director-general Rajan S Mathews said. – Gadgets Now


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