DoT publishes regulations for administratively allocated spectrum surrender

Companies must notify the government 30 to 60 days before the scheduled date of handover of the administratively allocated spectrum, according to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The DoT stated that the notification by companies should be done not earlier than 60 days and not later than 30 days before the surrender date by the rules for the surrender of the administratively allocated spectrum, with access service authorization, announced on Friday.

According to the regulations, any business that wants to give up administratively assigned spectra, such as GSM, CDMA, MW access, and MW backbone, must notify the DoT between 30 and 60 days before the proposed surrender date. The notification to the DoT must be made no earlier than 60 days and no later than 30 days before the surrender date, according to the DoT.

By the guidelines, the applicant corporation must additionally provide a certified copy of any spectrum charges that have been paid as of the application date for the prior quarter, either on a provisional/final evaluation basis or on a self-assessment basis. Substantive charges may be excluded.

Within 30 calendar days of receiving the application, the DoT’s WPC (wireless planning & coordination) division must send the relevant letter to the applicant company.

Per process, the given spectrum can be made available for future assignment to any telco from the actual date of surrender. Additionally, the technology utilised in the abandoned spectrum can be applied elsewhere.

Government instructions for returning spectrum purchased through the 5G auction ten years from the purchase date were published earlier in June.