Lockdown: DoT asks telcos to approach wireless wing for additional spectrum to meet data demand
Telecom operators have requested the Department of Telecom(DoT) for additional spectrum allocation to meet the rising load on networks due to the ongoing lockdown mandating people to stay at home.
"The DoT has asked all telecom operators to submit their requirement of spectrum circle wise for both access and backhaul spectrum to the Wireless Planning Commission. The department will take call on spectrum allocation thereafter," an industry source, who did not wish to be named, told .Vodafone Idea on Thursday said it is monitoring traffic pattern and remains confident of handling surge in voice and data services demand amid country-wide lockdown to tackle the spread of coronavirus, as the company made an appeal to the telecom department to clear pending applications for spectrum allocation.
Telecom operators have seen up to 100 per cent hike in data demand in some of the circles after the lockdown."Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in a significant upsurge in data consumption across the world. In India, a high workforce remotely working and using video collaboration tools, is stressing the current network bandwidth. Indian telcos are experiencing anywhere between 30-100 per cent increase in traffic for different circles," Sterlite Technologies Group CEO Anand Agarwal said.
COAI has urged mobile consumers to use data networks responsibly, so that critical services can run smoothly on communications infrastructure.Agarwal said there is a network shift from enterprise location to home location and telcos are working around innovative solutions like virtual radio access network to ease network congestion caused due to this shift. PRS PRS ANUANU
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