GSM and CDMA players are singing different tunes on spectrum
allocation for mobile service providers. At an open house
conducted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(Trai) in New Delhi, both players differed on the spectrum
allocation for third generation (3G) telecom services.
CDMA players said that sepctrum for 3G telecom services
should be on the basis of 1900 Mhz band, GSM operators
led by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
maintained that this particular frequency was for them.
players like Tatas differed with COAI on pricing also
with Tatas favouring a one-time entry fee for 3G spectrum
and COAI suggesting allocation on the basis of subscriber
have collected inputs from all the stakeholders and are
analysing it... We hope to send our recommendations to
the Department of Telecom (DoT) by September," Trai
secretary Rajinder Singh said.
had asked the telecom regulator to rework the spectrum
allocation procedures for the 3G mobile service as the
earlier recommendations by Trai have not been considered
under the chairmanship of Pradip Baijal, had earlier recommended
constitution of group of ministers (GoM) to sort out the
contentious issue of spectrum looking at the divergent
views by the GSM and CDMA players.