The Department Of Telecom (DoT) has come up with some groundbreaking changes to the current licensing scheme for telecom operators in India which might lead to a better service for consumers. The DoT has proposed a new licensing scheme, under which four types of licences would be issued instead of the Unified Access Service License which is provided as of now:
- Unified Licence: To be issued to service providers. Currently service providers are bound by the Unified Access Service Licence.
- Class Licence: To be issued to VSAT service providers.
- License through Authorisation
- Broadcasting licence
In addition to this new licensing scheme, telecom operators would be required to renew their licenses every 10 years as the new proposal suggests that telecom licences will be given for a period of 10 years only.
According to the current licensing, operators are allowed to hold on to their licenses for a 20-year period. However, with the new licensing scheme, old operators like Bharti Airtel will have to apply for renewal as soon as their current licensing period gets over.