Seeking Inputs: TRAI Consultation Paper on Review of Scope of Infrastructure Providers Category-I (IP-I) Registration

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper on the review of scope of Infrastructure Provider Category-1 (IP) registration. The objective of the consultation paper is to seek public comments on the enhancement of IP 1 registration scope for promoting and incentivizing the deployment of common sharable, passive as well as active infrastructure.

As per the current regulatory framework, the IP1 registration can provide passive infrastructure such as Dark Fibers, Right of Way, Duct space and Towers on lease/ rent out/sale basis only to licensed telecom service providers as per the mutually agreed terms and condition. However the creation and sharing of active infrastructure is limited only to licensed telecom service providers.

Following are the key questions on which views have been sought by TRAI.

1) Should the scope of Infrastructure Providers Category – I (IP-I) registration be enhanced to include provisioning of common sharable active infrastructure also?

2) In case the answer to the preceding question is in the affirmative, then

i) What should be common sharable active infrastructure elements which can be permitted to be   owned, established, and maintained by IP-I for provisioning on rent/lease/sale basis to service providers licensed/ permitted/ registered with DoT/ MIB? Please provide details of common sharable active infrastructure elements as well as the category of telecommunication service providers with whom such active infrastructure elements can be shared by IP-I, with justification.

ii) Should IP-I be allowed to provide end-to-end bandwidth through leased lines to service providers licensed/ permitted/ registered with DoT/ MIB also? If yes, please provide details of category of service  providers to it may be permitted with justification.

iii) Whether the existing registration conditions applicable for IP-I are appropriate for enhanced scope or some change is required? If change is suggested, then please provide details with reasoning and justification

iv) Should IP-I be made eligible to obtain Wireless Telegraphy Licenses from Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the DoT for possessing and importing wireless equipment? What methodology should be adopted for this purpose?

v) Should Microwave Backbone (MWB) spectrum allocation be permitted to IP-I for establishing point to point backbone connectivity using wireless transmission systems?

3) In case the answer to the preceding question in part (1) is in the negative, then suggest alternative means to facilitate faster rollout of active infrastructure elements at competitive prices.

4) Any other issue relevant to this subject.

Last date of sending comments to TRAI is 16th September, we however have made a request for extension of time for submitting our comments.  Members are requested to share their inputs with us, if any, latest by 19th September 2019.

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