BANGALORE, India The Indian government will soon come out with a new, technology-neutral spectrum policy, said Dayanidhi Maran, the country's minister for communications and information technology, at the GSM World Congress in Cannes Wednesday (Feb. 16).
The policy will be in sync with international practices and established policy, said Maran, in an apparent reaction to the concerns of global telecom operators.
"We in India do not commit ourselves to any single technology," Maran said. "Our policy is technology neutral. But it does not mean that we embrace inefficient or discarded technologies."
Maran continued, "We are also committed to ensure that paucity of spectrum does not throttle the growth of the telecom industry. We therefore foresee participative growth of all players as well as technologies. A telecom team is already looking into issues relating to spectrum."
According to Maran, India is looking to introduce 3G services and is watching the development of 3G networks in other countries. India is not close to having 3G services as it has not drawn up a policy on auctioning licenses.
The Indian scenario now features efforts by both the GSM and the CDMA technology lobbies to push their respective causes with regard to spectrum. Given the discordant policies of the past in respect of telecom technologies, both camps have ample reason for worry and the minister's announcement should at least temporarily soothe their fears.
In a meeting with the European Union (EU) team slated for May, Maran said India and the EU will work to jointly address telecom issues pertaining to security, interoperability, content and roaming.