Telecom Watchdog moves HC against DoT on excess spectrum

Telecom Watchdog moves HC against DoT on excess spectrum

New Delhi: Delhi-based NGO Telecom Watchdog on Monday said it has filed a petition against the government in Delhi High Court accusing DoT of non-transparent allocation of excess spectrum to leading mobile companies since 1999.

“We have moved a petition in the High Court on the excess spectrum hoarded by GSM players due to non-transparent policy adopted by the DoT," Telecom Watchdog chief Anil Kumar said.

The NGO, which has also named seven mobile operators in the case, has a demanded CBI enquiry. It alleged that leading GSM operators like Airtel, Vodafone (earlier Hutch), Reliance, Tatas and Idea were able to acquire spectrum beyond 4.4 MHz in a non-transparent manner.

The petition comes within weeks after another PIL filed was filed by an individual against the spectrum allocation policy followed by the government under a first-come-first-serve basis to the new players.

Telecom Watchdog’s petition has urged the court to direct DoT to implement TEC norms for allocating additional spectrum, given based on subscriber figure.

On other hand, telecom tribunal TDSAT is hearing a petition by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications seeking return of excess spectrum beyond the contractual limit of 6.2 Mhz by GSM players.

RCom’s petition says these GSM players were alloted extra spectrum unlawfully and are hoarding the radio waves creating a scarcity for other players.