COAI praises NFAP 2022 and wireless licensing reforms

The National Frequency Allocation Policy (NFAP) 2022 and the government’s announcement of improvements to cellular licencing have been praised by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). A few of the announced measures have already been put into practice and will aid in a more rapid rollout of networks and services. Less compliance will also aid in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). Let’s look at some of the Telecom Reforms 2022’s important points regarding wireless licencing.

Speaking of the NFAP 2022, COAI stated that it includes details regarding the usage of spectrum by various users in India via the India comments as well as the results of the ITU’s Radio Regulations. This will give all Indian spectrum users regulatory clarity.

Important details about the use of frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3000 GHz for a range of radio services will be revealed by the new NFAP 2022. For the purpose of delivering 5G across bands, the proposal includes almost 17 GHz of the new extra spectrum (sub GHz, C-band, and above 6 GHz). The new NFAP regulation was crucial because 5G will fundamentally alter how wireless networks operate and the quantity of spectrum needed.

A senior official from COAI said that they applaud the Government’s practical approach in carrying out these progressive reforms, which are intended to enable Ease of Doing Business for the industry and to provide a simpler, less time-consuming system for quicker execution of activities. This would be crucial in facilitating quicker network rollout and service roll-out to users. The government’s efforts to enhance the crucial telecom ecosystem in the country have energised and galvanised the industry, and COAI looks ahead to provide all the necessary support to help realise the shared vision of a “Digital India” for everyone. They are hopeful that the government will approach the other problems the business faces in a similar way.