New Delhi: The government on Tuesday started allocating radio frequencies to new telecom firms that will offer mobile telephony services on the GSM, or global system for mobile communications, platform.
Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Unitech Ltd, Swan Telecom Ltd and Loop Telecom Pvt. Ltd as well as Idea Cellular Ltd have been given 4.4MHz of GSM spectrum to offer services in Tamil Nadu, said an official who did not want to be named.
The department of telecom, or DoT, that allocates radio spectrum, is also looking at other circles where airwaves are available abundantly and can be allocated to all aspirants simultaneously.
Meanwhile, AFK Sistema, Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s holding company, said it obtained enough radio frequencies to build a mobile phone network in India capable of reaching 650 million people. DoT allocated 800MHz to Sistema’s subsidiary, Shyam Telelink Ltd, in eight regions, the Moscow-based company said in a statement. The allocations allow Sistema “to start building a full-scale CDMA (code division multiple access) network in 12 Indian circles, which will cover over half of the territory of India,” Sistema said.
Bloomberg contributed to this story.