New Delhi: The department of telecommunications, or DoT, has written to the telecom regulator seeking approval to allot spectrum in the 1785 to 1805MHz and the 2010 to 2025MHz frequency bands to mobile phone and wireless broadband firms, potentially enhancing the spectrum available for such use.
DoT intends to use 2010-2025MHz frequency band for basic wireless access (BWA) applications as additional spectrum due to the limited availability in the 2.3 to 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz bands already allocated for such services, according to the letter reviewed by Mint.
The 2.3 to 2.4 gHz and 2.5GHz bands have been allocated for BWA and will be auctioned as part of the government auction for so-called third generation mobile phone and BWA services.
Frequency band 1785-1805MHz has been kept for wireless communications. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has been asked to find a methodology for allotment of spectrum and eligibility criteria among other issues. In case it decides to go for allotment via auction, it will have to decide reserve price and other terms and conditions applicable.