Mobile phone users, using both voice and data services, can soon hope to experience enhanced quality of service from telecom operators, with the government promising telecom spectrum trading and sharing by this year-end.
Spectrum refers to the airwaves that carry voice and data services from one phone to another or from a machine to machine.
“Guidelines will be in place by end of year on spectrum trading and sharing, a team of officers in the telecom ministry is examining recommendations of telecom regulators made in July,” said communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a press conference marking the first 100 days of the ministry.
The minister reiterated the NDA government’s commitment to setting up a national optical fibre network in 2.5 lakh villages and pushing for electronic manufacturing. He also announced setting up of Rs 800-crore national cyber co-ordination centre to safeguard against cyber attacks and monitor cyber activities, a Rs 270 crore EGov security centre and the upgradation of a national portal for lost and found children.
The ministry will set up a secure email system within government by March 2015 and connect 44,000 unconnected villages via a telecom network. This will be completed in the next three years.
The merger of state-run BSNL and MTNL, Prasad said, “is part of our priority to revive BSNL.”