BIF approaches DoT citing concerns over new network norms
Expresses bewilderment over precondition for direct assignment of spectrum to enterprises that would entail DoT undertaking demand studies and its pricing
New Delhi: Industry body Broadband India Forum (BIF) on Wednesday shot off a letter to the Telecom Department flagging concerns over several aspects of newly-framed guidelines for captive private networks, including "high" network criteria, and uncertainty on pricing of spectrum allocated.
In a letter to Telecom Secretary, K Rajaraman on Wednesday, BIF said it is "puzzled" at the stated precondition for direct assignment of spectrum to enterprises that would entail Department of Telecom (DoT) undertaking demand studies. "While one can envisage the possibility of demand estimates/studies in the case of public or external networks, the same appear to be rather inconceivable in the case of captive/non-public/ private networks since these would vary from entity to entity in the same category and, further, from category to category and, of course, from industry vertical to industry vertical," BIF said in the letter seen by PTI. BIF said it is unaware of such studies being practicable or having been done in any other regime and would appreciate details of what is proposed. '... When it is also stated in the guidelines that the TRAI recommendations would be sought for direct assignment of spectrum, it is not understood why prior demand studies are required when the expert techno-economic authority is anyway involved," BIF said.
Further, as no timeline has been indicated for such activities, enterprises get impacted by a lack of predictability of the way forward for their industry 4.0 plans. "Apart from the aspect of allotment of spectrum directly to enterprises, there is uncertainty also as regards the pricing of spectrum. While the decision of zero entry fees for the CNPN (captive non-public network) licence is greatly appreciated, it is unclear whether the spectrum would also be without charge, or, if charged, what it would be and when it would be announced," BIF said.