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Telecom Department to Seek Trai’s Views on Freeing up 60 GHz Band

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The telecom department (DoT) will shortly seek the sector regulator’s views on freeing up the 60 GHz frequency band to help telcos deploy WiFi solutions such as `WiFi data offloads’ to improve mobile broadband coverage in India’s heaviest data consumption zones.

DoT proposes to make the 60 GHz band available for WiFi offload deployments to “address a potential spectrum crunch in the 2.4 GHz band once such services are widely deployed” by telcos through partner internet service providers (ISPs), according to an internal department note reviewed by ET.

The 2.4 GHz frequency band is currently used for delivering WiFi services. The department will also seek the views of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on potential “changes in the licence norms and interconnect pacts of internet service providers (ISPs)” that will have to partner with mobile carriers to facilitate such WiFi offload services. Original post at ET Telecom

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