DoT to allocate spectrum on TRAI model

27 Dec

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to allocate additional spectrum to cellular carriers based on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) model of spectrum allocation. The government and carriers have been on loggerheads for over two months now during which a lobby of carriers has dragged the government to court.

“The process will take some time till the government comes out with the final decision on it. However, it is likely there could be some changes on the final guidelines compared to the original recommendations filed by TRAI,” informs a TRAI official. 

Initially, a TRAI report had recommended the government to hike the subscriber-linked additional spectrum allocation by four to six times the existing number. However, the government had consulted the Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), which suggested the figures to be hiked by eight to 12 times, which sparked off a retaliation by the carriers, who claimed that they were unable to provide quality service to the ever-increasing subscriber base on the initial spectrum.

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