The Telecommunications Act, 2023

On 24th December, 2023, the President gave assent to the Telecommunications Bill, 2023.

It replaced the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950.

Salient Features

Authorisation for Telecom-related Activities

  • Prior authorisation from the central government will be required to provide telecommunication services, establish, operate, maintain, or expand telecommunications networks, or possess radio equipment.
  • Existing licenses will continue to be valid for the period of their grant, or for five years, where the period is not specified.

Spectrum Allocation

  • Spectrum will be assigned by auction, except for specified uses, where it ....
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