TRAI releases recommendations on consultation paper on ‘Ease of Doing Business in Telecom and Broadcasting Sector’


Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 2 May, 2023 has released the recommendations on consultation paper ‘Ease of Doing Business in Telecom and Broadcasting Sector’. The TRAI has suo-moto floated a Consultation paper on “Ease of Doing Business in telecom and Broadcasting Sector” on December 08, 2021. Written comments and counter-comments on the Consultation Paper were invited from the stakeholders by February 09, 2022 and February 23, 2022 respectively.

The salient features of these recommendations are as below:

  1. A user-friendly, transparent and responsive digital single window system based portal should be established. The portal should be enabled with new digital technologies for achieving end-to-end inter-departmental online processes.
  2. Each Ministry should establish a standing EoDB Committee to regularly review, simplify and update the existing processes and ensure ease of doing business as an on-going activity.
  3. MIB, DoT, DOS, MeitY and other agencies should specify stage-wise timelines for all the processes including initial as well as additional permissions, which should be mentioned in the respective Guidelines/ policy and updated in the Citizen Charter.
  4. The Government may consider and grant ‘Infrastructure Status’ to ‘Broadcasting and Cable Services Sector’.
  5. WPC should charge the spectrum royalty fee for temporary uplinking of live events on pro-rata basis for actual number of days of the event.

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