New telecom players to float lobby parallel to COAI

New telecom players to float lobby parallel to COAI
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First Published: Mon, Mar 24 2008. 09 58 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 24 2008. 09 58 AM IST
PTI
New Delhi: New entrants to the telecom sector and those which have got GSM licences under the dual-technology policy of the government will form an association parallel to the existing lobby, COAI, to fight for their rights and bring fair competition in the sector.
Seven companies including Videocon-promoted Data Com, Shyam Telelink, Swan Telecom and S Tel have been issued licences in January this year and have deposited the required spectrum fee with the government, but are yet to be allocated radio frequency.
CDMA operators Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices were given a permit to provide GSM services across the country under the cross-over technology policy of the government.
One of the new operators has accused existing GSM players of cartelization and adoption of tactics to delay allocation of spectrum to new players so that they can not start mobile services at the earliest.
The COAI has three major telecom operators namely Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Essar and Idea Cellular and two regional operators -- Spice and Aircel -- as its members.
Differences in the existing association had came to fore during the recent controversy over spectrum allocation and issuance of new telecom licences.
“We want to work for fair and free competition in the telecom sector for the unhindered growth of this sector and million of subscribers. We will ensure that anti-competitive practices are not allowed in this fast growing telecom sector,” one of the new players said on condition of anonymity.
Asked whether the charter of a new parallel association had been prepared and who would be heading it, the players said that in the coming week all these decision would be announced.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 24 2008. 09 58 AM IST
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