Wireless Planning and Coordination

Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC)

Introduction

The Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) is a wing of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Indian Government. WPC is responsible for regulating the use and application of radio and wireless devices imported or manufactured in India. WPC issues Network, Non-Network and Equipment Type Approval for use in India. All types of wireless services and devices fall under the licensing authority of WPC. Some of which include GSM, FM Broadcasting, Radar, Satellite Broadcast, RC flying toys, Dealer Possession License etc. WPC also regulated the import of wireless equipment for business applications or demonstration.

WPC Services - Network License, Non-Network License and Equipment Type Approval (ETA)

Equipment Type Approval

Equipment Type Approval (ETA) is an approval that has to be obtained from WPC before importing any wireless device into India which doesn’t require a WPC License and functions in the de-licensed frequency band.. Such equipments include products like bluetooth devices, mobile phones, wi-fi technology, RFID and others. Some frequency bands have been assigned a license-free status so one doesn’t need to have a license from WPC for products operating in those frequencies. Furthermore, to obtain an ETA, a detailed test report of the equipment obtained from a well-recognized laboratory has to be submitted to WPC for evaluation. We help our clients with testing of their equipment and obtaining the test report in proper format for submission to WPC. The timeframe for this entire process to complete is around two to three weeks.

Application Flow/Procedure

Equipment Type Approval (ETA) Process

Once an application submitted at the WPC office, the documents are pre-scrutinized by the authority. Once WPC accepts the application it checks the documents and raises any query if needed. Upon further rectification by the applicant, WPC undergoes a fair procedure and grants the ETA.

Non-Network License

A non-network license is granted to a non-network provider such as a cable TV distributor. Network licenses are related to frequency allocation and creation of a broadcasting station. Whereas a non-network provider uses or re-transmits existing network waveband and uses pre-allocated frequencies.

Application Flow/Procedure

Non-Network License Application Flow / Procedure
Once an application is filed through the WPC online portal, the applicant takes a printout and submits it to the WPC with other documents. Upon scrutinization, rectification and submission of any lagging documents WPC grants an import

Network License

A network license is allocated to a company aiming to use the limited radio frequency resources of the country for providing communication related services such as mobile networks, Satellite and DTH. A network license is related with frequency allocation and the creation of stations for broadcasting and transmission. Obtaining a network license is a tedious and complex procedure because of the level of operations and the scale of involved resources. Our technical teams are well versed and experienced in helping our clients obtain a license easily and quickly.

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Regulation/Guidelines

Regulatory Requirements for Importing and Flying Drones in India

Introduction The Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) is a wing of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Indian Government. WPC is responsible for regulating the use and application of radio and wireless devices imported or manufactured in India. WPC issues Network, […]

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