On 18-12-2009, to Wireless Planning and Coordination Division of Department of Telecommunications
 Received from WPC on 08-01-2010, signed on 05-01-2010
 from Ministry of I&B, 12-01-2010, No. 18/03/2010-BP&L

 1. Please refer to the Telecom Regulator Authority of India's recommendations dated 29 August 2005 on issues relating to private terrestrial TV broadcasting service which says-

The recommendations recognise that community television could also be permitted and detailed recommendations on this would be sent once Government takes an in principle decision to allow the private sector for terrestrial broadcasting and also after the Government policy on community television is finalised.

Please confirm that the Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) and Wireless Planning and Coordination Division (WPC) are not contemplating any action or decision on frequency allocation with regard to the spectrum used for terrestrial TV, which may compromise (1) formulation of a Policy on community television, and (2) the ability of the Government to implement TRAI's recommendations on community television in India. If such action is contemplated, please share with me details of the same.

2. Please let me know, for the entire frequency band under your purview, what is the minimum power below which a device emitting power in the frequency band is allowed to operate without a license. If this power level is different for different frequency bands, then please let me know the minimum power for each.

An application has been received from Prof. Arun Mehta requesting for the information regarding TRAI recommendation on private terrestrial TV Broadcasting services and allocation of spectrum.

2. As regards spectrum allocation by Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing is concerned, it is inform hat spectrum allocation may be examined only after formulation of policy by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and receipt of formal request from the applicants.

2.1 It is also to inform that the National Frequncy Allocation Plan (NFAP) is a spectrum policy document which forms the basis for development, manufacturing and spectrum utilization activities in the country.

2.1.1 The current National Frequency Allocation Plan- 2008 (NFAP-2008) document, effective from 1st April, 2009, has been evolved within the framework of ITU Radio Regulations taking into account spectrum requirement of Government as well as private sectors in the fast changing scenario with a view of meeting requirements of new emerging spectrum efficient technologies as well as protecting existing assignments and taking into account the government decision on certain complex issues relating to spectrum allocation for existing and future mobile services and decisions/recommendations of the World Radiocommunication Conferences 2003 & 2007 (WRC-2003 & 2007) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), etc.

2.1.2 The spectrum allocation to various users is done after technical examination in accordance with the National Frequency Allocation Tables meant for differen types of radio services, Footnotes IND remarks and other associate technical parameters as per above NFAP-2008 document. The NFAP- 2008 document is available on website www.wpc.dot.gov.in

2.1.3 NFAP-2008-Footnotes IND 01, 02, 010, 19, 31, 43, 58, 63 and 66 may kindly be referred regarding the minimum power below which a device emitting power in the frequency bands is allowed to operates without licence.

(R.K. Saxena)
DWA(R), WPC Wing

Shri Ashish Dutta, Under Secretary/CPOI, (BP&L), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Room No.553, A-Wing, Shashtri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001
A copy of application is enclosed herewith with a request to kindly take necessary action on the TRAI recommendation on private terrestrial TV broadcasting services as the matter pertains to your Ministry and reply may kindly be sent directly to applicant under intimation to this office.

 Please refer to your application dated 18-12-2009 filed with the Department of Telecommunications under the Right to Information Act, 2005 and the reply furnished by Department of Telecommunications vide their letter No.P-11014/39/2009-PP dated 5-1-2010 on the above subject and to inform you that the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the issues relating to private terrestrial TV broadcast services are under examination and the Government has so far not formulated its views on the said recommendations.

cc: to Department of Telecommunications