DoT calls meeting on national spectrum allocation

New Delhi, Jul 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2007, 04:10am hrs
The department of telecom (DoT) has called a meeting of mobile operators to finalise on the spectrum allocation plans, which will include new services like 3G and Wi-Max.

Senior DoT officials said, the plan was pending for the last many years and Third Generation mobile (3G) services were part of the earlier draft planNational Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) 2005, in a different name. In fact it also contains allocation plans for Wi-Max, which is seen as a technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances. But the term used in NFAP is LMDs or Local Multipoint Distribution System.

The NFAP is reviewed from time to time to accommodate national requirements on the radio waves for variety of new applications and technologies. CDMA operators have demanded NFAP to be finalised after the ITU meeting after five months to take into account the world body's decisions.

DoTs move to revive and finalise the NFAP has CDMA players up against DoT's meeting as they consider the draft, which has been renamed from the draft formulated in 2005, as NFAP 2007 without taking into consideration technological advancements such as Wi-Max and 3G.