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India plans tech-neutral wireless spectrum allocation

Posted: 24 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? gsm? cdma? 1? 900mhz?

India's communications ministry said it is readying a technology-neutral policy for spectrum allocation to phone services providers.

The aim of the policy is to ensure efficient use of spectrum for both GSM and CDMA-based service providers, said Dayanidhi Maran, minister for communications and information technology.

The rivalry between wireless phone services providers offering GSM and CDMA services has made spectrum allocation a controversial issue here. Each wants frequency in the 1,900MHz band. When wireless services were launched in India, the government mandated the use of GSM technology. The rule was amended in 2002 to allow CDMA-based services.

The CDMA Development Group has said spectrum scarcity is the main reason for a shortage of numbers for CDMA subscribers. Earlier, the GSM Association asked the government to oppose a plan to release 1,900MHz spectrum to second-generation wireless services providers. The group said the frequency has been reserved internationally for 3G services.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is developing a set of recommendations on frequency allocation which will likely form the basis of a new allocation plan. Currently, GSM services in India are offered in the 900- and 1,800MHz bands while CDMA services operate in the 800MHz band.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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