Mumbai: CDMA operator
Tata Teleservices has sought permission from the department of telecom (DoT) for
offering GSM-based mobile services in 22 circles across the country.
sources said the company has applied for GSM spectrum for 22 circles under the
unified access services licence.
last week, allowed cross-over technology under which an operator can offer both
CDMA- and GSM-based mobile services with the same licence after paying the Rs1,660
crore entry fee of a UAS licence.
CDMA operator Reliance Communications, which had applied for GSM spectrum last
year, was given the letter of intent last week for starting pan-India GSM service.
The Anil Ambani group firm has also paid the required fee.
was already offering GSM services under a different licence given to its sister
concern Reliance Telecom. For Tatas, this would be a first-time entry into the
granted necessary approvals, Tatas should get 4.4 MHz of initial spectrum to roll
out GSM services.
Tatas move to enter GSM mobile telephony, coming in the wake of Anil Ambani group
company Reliance Communications (RCOM) getting government nod for the similar
services, is likely to intensify the fight for scarce spectrum.
RCOM deposited Rs1,651 crore within hours of the new guidelines for a nationwide
spectrum, the Birla group led by Kumar Manglam Birla is understood to have sought
prime minister''s intervention against the guidelines that celluar operators association
considers are heavily tilted in favour of CDMA operators. Cellular
Operators Association of India (COAI) is believed to have decided to challenge
the dot''s decision which, along with permitting CDMA players to enter GSM segment,
also accepted telecom regulator TRAI''s recommendations on enhanced subscriber
linked criteria for spectrum allocation.