New Delhi: Tata Teleservices on Friday became the second company to receive spectrum for north-east, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, which also makes it the second CDMA operator to have pan-India operations.
The company is also in queue for GSM spectrum under the dual technology clause. Tata Teleservices has applied for GSM spectrum in all 23 telecom circles.
The government had on 3 April started allocating spectrum to the applicants, with Shyam-Sistema becoming the first operator to get radio frequency.
Tata Teleservices was given the license for these three circles last month along with other firms including Videocon promoted Datacom, Swan Telecom, S Tel, Idea, Spice and Shyam Telelink and others.
Tatas have been allotted 2.5 MHz of CDMA spectrum band. The company had earlier objected to government’s policy of distributing less quantity of spectrum to CDMA operators compared to their GSM counterparts.
GSM based operators get 4.4 MHz start-up spectrum while for CDMA services, the Department of Telecom (DoT) gives only 2.5 MHz. The company is also pursuing the case for seeking back extra spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz held by GSM players.
According to Tata Teleservices, the differential treatment in favour of GSM technology was resulting in major advantage for a few big players.
When contacted, Tata Teleservices spokesperson confirmed the development and said the company would start services in the new circles at the earliest.