Telecom cos meet review panel on spectrum allocation norms

Telecom cos meet review panel on spectrum allocation norms

New Delhi: Private telecom operators on Monday met the panel set up to review the spectrum allocation norms recommended by the Telecom Engineering Centre.

The committee, headed by Department of Telecom Additional Secretary R Bandhopadhyay and comprising representatives from GSM and CDMA operators, held its first meeting here on Monday.

Sources said GSM-based mobile players such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone Essar argued that the procedure followed by TEC for calculating the spectrum allocation criteria did not have any scientific basis.

On the other hand, CDMA operators such as Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications contended that GSM players already had excess spectrum, the sources said.

TEC had given its report on spectrum allocation norms earlier this month, suggesting manifold increase in subscribers for allocation of additional radio waves.

Communication Minister A Raja had accepted the report in principle, but in view of strong protests from GSM operators the government constituted a panel to revisit the norms.

The committee has to give a report by the end of this month.