The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has hailed the procedural reforms for wireless licensing along with the release of the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) 2022. The reforms, some of which are already implemented, will aid in the quicker rollout of networks and services and promote Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) through reduced compliances.
The representative body noted that simplifying SAFCA certificate clearance guidelines would help TSPs reduce their compliance burdens. It will save time resulting in expediting the rollout of telecom services in the country.
“We greatly appreciate the Government’s proactive approach in implementing these progressive reforms, which are aimed towards facilitating a simpler, less time-consuming system for quicker execution of processes, as well as towards enabling Ease of Doing Business for the sector. This would be instrumental in helping faster deployments of networks and roll-out of services to the users. The industry is enthused and motivated with the impetus being provided by the Government towards strengthening the critical telecom ecosystem in the nation, and we look forward to provide all the requisite support to help realize the collective vision of a ‘Digital India’ for all. We are optimistic that the other issues faced by the industry will also be addressed by the Government in a similar manner.Lt. Gen. Dr. S.P. Kochhar, Director General, COA
It further noted that the entire import license process going online and the adoption of self-declaration-based clearance would aid the quicker deployment of vital telecom equipment in the country. The online licensing process through the Saral Sanchar portal has reduced processing time from 1 year to 2 months.
As per COAI, the DoT advisory on the proper use of wireless jammers/boosters and repeaters will help counter the menace of illegal activities interfering with network operations and performance, thereby affecting consumer experience.