India is on the verge of revamping its long-standing telecommunications law, aiming to introduce a new bill under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership to attract more investment into the sector. The government is contemplating the elimination of traditional licensing and contemplating the introduction of a new framework termed as “authorization.” This shift aims to provide the government with more adaptable measures to manage and accommodate technological advancements effectively, according to an individual familiar with the ongoing developments. Due to the bill being under review by lawmakers, the source preferred to remain anonymous. The proposed bill encompasses a significant restructuring of rules concerning spectrum allocation. The envisaged changes intend to permit actions like resale, simplified upgradation processes, surrendering, sharing, leasing, and trading of spectrum resources, as revealed by the same source. Furthermore, the bill’s provisions indicate that satellite services’ spectrum will not be subjected to auctioning. It’s important to note that the proposed legislation explicitly excludes certain services like email, internet-based communication, broadcasting, machine-to-machine communication, and over-the-top services like Netflix from its purview.

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