Open spectrum for development: India case study

Shyam Ponapa, Centre for Internet and Society

The key decision makers on spectrum allocation and assignment include the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the Ministry for Communications and Information Technology (CIT) and ad hoc groups such as the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for third generation (3G) and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum auctions.

Spectrum management and regulation is the collective responsibility of more than one body in India. There are different bodies handling spectrum licensing, regulation, pricing, and the levy of penalties; some bodies have only an advisory role.

Also read the article India’s untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum? or read the other country reports.

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