The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
is likely to recommend auctioning spectrum for the
launch of next generation (3G) mobile services.
is expected to shortly make recommendations to the
department of telecom (DoT) on how to allocate spectrum
to mobile operators for 3G services.
spectrum is a rare commodity, sources said, the TRAI
at its earlier meeting with DoT had held that it should
be allocated only through auction process.
is also of the view that only five mobile operators
among the existing ones should be given the frequency.
Hutch, Reliance, Tatas and BSNL are the major mobile
service providers with a nationwide presence. Reliance
and Tata are offering CDMA-based mobile services while
other operate in GSM technology.
recently, Reliance had evinced interest in entering
GSM services in a big way.
said TRAI has also suggested 2100 MHz band limit for
the 3G mobile services.
these, mobile operators having a countrywide network
stand good chance of spectrum allocation spectrum
to start 3G services, sources said.