Dot may just reconsider Bar on Spectrum Sharing for 3G services


The division of Telecom could reconsider its decision to bar spectrum sharing for 3G services and products following modifications that have come into impact beneath the new licensing regime.

Within the present scenario, spectrum is liberalised by which any technology can be deployed as per new rules. In light of recent coverage selections, “this situation (barring of 3G spectrum sharing) wants reconsideration/revisit” by the

Telecom fee, an authentic source mentioned. On February 15, 2012, the dot had determined that “spectrum sharing will not be permitted among licensees having 3G spectrum.”

The government has allowed sharing among telecom companies maintaining liberalised airwaves for simplest spectrum bought thru auction in November 2012 and past. The auction situation said that telecom operators can use any technology for offering telecom services and products within the liberalised spectrum.

Telecom tribunal TDSAT also passed a judgment in April that allowed Airtel, Vodafone and concept cellular to make use of each other’s 3G spectrum for products and services.

Telecom operators that have been allocated spectrum at 2001 worth of Rs. 1,658 cores and after 2001 through administrative course of were given option to liberalised their spectrum via paying a one-time spectrum fee identical to market fee decided thru auction.

Dot sources said that telecom operators preserving non-liberalised spectrum could also be allowed through incorporating a condition of depositing bank guarantee identical to the amount they are required to pay for liberalizing spectrum.

The matter of dot levying the one-time spectrum fee is sub-juice.

As per preliminary demand raised by using the dot, state-owned BSNL has to pay round Rs. 6,912 crores,Bharti Airtel – Rs. 5,201 cores, Vodafone- Rs. 3,599 cores, MTNL – Rs. 3,205 cores, idea cellular – Rs. 2,113 cores, Airtel- Rs. 1,365 cores, Loop cellular – Rs. 606 cores, and Reliance Communications – Rs. 173 cores.


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