DoT proposes interim solution; players continue to differ

DoT proposes interim solution; players continue to differ

New Delhi: The high-intensity telecom tangle remained unresolved with two camps -- GSM and CDMA service providers -- sticking to their guns on spectrum related issues at a meeting convened by Telecom Secretary D. S. Mathur.

“No peace formula has been proposed to us by the government on spectrum issue," Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal on Monday told reporters after the meeting.

According to sources, Mathur asked the leading service providers to find a solution only in the short term on a provisional basis and urged them to accept telecom regulator TRAI’s recommendation on enhanced subscriber linked criteria for additional airwaves.

It is pertinent to mention that the GSM operators’ lobby Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has challenged the TRAI recommendations and this may stop them from accepting it as an interim solution.

Some of the operators, who have applied for new licenses and few who are waiting to get spectrum, said they must be given 6.2 MHz of spectrum to start services as against the proposed 4.4 MHz.

In a significant development, some of the GSM players like Aircel and Spice Telecom today met the Secretary separately from the COAI, thereby indicating a clear divide in a powerful lobby at one time.

Aircel, HFCL, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Essar, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Spice and Tata Teleservices met the secretary and placed their views on spectrum.