GSMA Urges Govt To Pool In More Of 2100 MHz

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Gagandeep Sodhi

Global telecom lobbying body GSMA has come up with a slew of recommendations for the new telecom minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

A key recommendation is that 2100 MHz should be included in the spectrum roadmap which the ministry is likely to prepare soon, along with the other frequencies like 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. GSMA claims that 2100 MHz is the best possible spectrum for 3G services and would be beneficial for the telcos, especially in the wake of increasing data uptake.

Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Aircel and Tata DoCoMo have launched 3G services. This demand has been raised by other telecom and industry associations like Cellular Operators Association of India and ASSOCHAM as well.

“It is important that the spectrum roadmap is clear so that the telcos can plan and manage the spectrum accordingly,” says Sandeep Karanwal, Head of GSMA India. The 2100 MHz spectrum is with the defense sector right now and the Department of Telecom (DoT) needs to procure it from Defense to auction the same. “It is important that 2100 MHz is auctioned because none of the telcos procured pan-India 3G spectrum, so the expansion plan for most of the telcos is not very clear,” explains Nitin Sapra, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor, GSMA India. Original post at Lightreading

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