Wireless Operating License No More Required

  • Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Communications, announced telecom reforms including Spectrum Regulatory Sandbox and the abolition of Wireless Operating License. 
  • The World Telecom Standardization Assembly Delhi 2024 (WTSA 2024) and India Mobile Congress (IMC 2024) will be held from 15-24 Oct 2024.
  • The Minister emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders to drive telecom sector reforms. 
  • The policy on Spectrum Regulatory Sandbox is expected to advance India’s telecommunications landscape and foster global collaboration. 
  • The complete abolition of Wireless Operating License (WOL) simplifies licensing processes in telecom. 
  • The Minister proposed involving engineering colleges nationwide and their students in event discussions to ignite young minds and foster innovation. 
  • The implementation of regulatory sandboxes will foster innovation and ease of access. 
  • An MoU was signed between the Department of Telecommunications and Ericsson for offering accredited courses on 5G for students of DoT’s 100 5G use case labs. 
  • Telecom Secretary Dr. Neeraj Mittal stressed the need for universal participation and the potential of the WTSA 2024. 
  • Plans are being discussed to engage students and educational institutions more effectively and emphasize gender diversity.
  • Dr. Mittal suggested organizing side events in technology hubs like Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, and Chennai to broaden participation.


ITU WTSA 2024: India’s Role in Global Tech Sphere 


  • Sh. Seizo ONOE, ITU Director of Telecom Standardization Bureau, emphasized ITU’s commitment to safety and inclusivity in AI and digital tech. 
  • Dr Monisha Ghosh, Professor from the University Of Notre Dame, praised India’s role in digital development and urged collaboration. 
  • The event was attended by COAI Chairman, Mr P K Mittal, Dot officials, industry leaders, and academia. 
  • WTSA 2024 is expected to attract over two thousand technology developers, industry leaders, academicians, and policymakers from 193 member countries.
  • India’s participation is crucial for shaping global agendas in emerging technologies such as 6G, IoT, SatCom, Quantum, and AI. 
  • The proposal to host IMC 2024 concurrently with WTSA will provide Indian technology companies with a global platform to showcase their prowess and contribute to the development of a robust standardization ecosystem.
  • The focus of this year’s IMC 2024 is on Artificial Intelligence, Quantum technology, Circular Economy, 6G, 5G use-case showcase, cloud & edge computing, IoT, semiconductors, cyber security, green tech, satcom, and electronics manufacturing. 
  • The launch of these initiatives underscores the Government’s commitment to promoting technological advancement, fostering innovation, and ensuring equitable access to telecommunications services for all citizens.
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