March 31 deadline for compliance on FWT

New Delhi, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2005, 05:30am hrs
The government has directed telecom service providers, including Reliance Infocomm and Tata Teleservices, to submit compliance reports on fixed wireless services, to the effect that these services are confined to the user premises by March 31.

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked for compliance from all unified access service licensees, including public sector majors BSNL and MTNL, on the use of fixed wireless terminal (FWT) phones by March 31, 2005, an official statement said here.

The demand for compliance follows a directive issued by DoT last week asking the telecom service providers to ensure strict confinement of fixed wireless services to the user premises.

The terminal used for fixed wireless services is to be confined to the premises of the subscriber where the telephone connection is registered. It is the licensees responsibility to ensure that the subscriber terminal is operated in accordance with the terms of the licence for fixed lines, it had stated.

DoT has sought a compliance report in the wake of access deficit charge (ADC) which is payable on fixed services and not on mobile services.

Some of the FWT service providers were offering the advantage of mobility while collecting the ADC charges on the basis that the service was a fixed service. Thus, these services, which could be used throughout the service area, were creating a non-level playing field for cellular services and leading to lower collection of ADC for funding rural telephony.