COAI urges BSNL to be open to sharing/trading airwaves with all private operators alike

Telecom lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) demanded that private service operators should be allowed to enter into spectrum sharing and trading pact with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and not just a “single” telco (Hinting at a tacit deal ongoing between BSNL and JIO) As reported by Economic times.


In an “urgent” letter to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the group that represents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio said that private players be given ‘equal opportunity’ to participate and enter into such arrangements with BSNL which would create a level-playing field by giving a fair opportunity to private operators.

Mathews said “The exercise should be conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner so as BSNL could be benefited from a competitive commercial offering allowing public resources equally to all service providers” . Mathews’ comments come amid speculation that Jio, which has pan-India BWA spectrum for high-speed data services and is likely to debut 4G services in December this year, was in talks with the telecom department to leverage BSNL spectrum for second-generation (2G) voice telephony services.

Meanwhile, a Reliance Jio spokesperson said, “It is not true that we are in talks with BSNL for “exclusive ICR” and therefore the question of COAI seeking any intervention from the hon’ble minister cannot be correct.”

The government is yet to announce a policy for spectrum sharing and trading rules though there is an in-principle approval for the same from DoT’s highest policy-making body Telecom Commission. The matter will go to the Cabinet for final approval.

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August 6, 2015 4:29 pm 4:29 PM
Indian govt wish to close BSNL and allow all its lover i.e. private operator rull on Indian telecom market. that’s why yesterday they take decision, to form a new company by using BSNLs existing 65000 Towers (BTS) and push BSNL into more loss so once BSNL become most seek company then this govt. try to sell this company to there charity donner like ADANI, Ambani,TATA …. friend i want to raise here one point to aware all my dear friends: Since formation of new govt. i.e. MODI SARKAR… our IT minister Prasadji says we are trying to revival of BSNL… Read more »
August 9, 2017 2:04 am 2:04 AM

Why you were silent when scamress led government did 2g scam?? Actually you have taken money from papu to criticize modi government in TT and it’s true which you can’t deny..

August 6, 2015 4:47 pm 4:47 PM

Being professional doesn’t means government is under corporate influences Sir…..

August 5, 2015 9:40 am 9:40 AM

BSNL should never do this especially with AVOID.Looters and fraudsters.A time will come when these fraudsters will not pay the rent to BSNL and will contribute to losses for BSNL.

August 6, 2015 10:51 am 10:51 AM

Yeah so much so that a time will BSNL will openly shout to the customers like you to get out from its network and Join the AVOID group please !!!Because it is the only AVOID group which is filling its kitty and the donation fund box wiith the phrase over it “Achhey din ane wale hain” understood!!

August 4, 2015 11:36 pm 11:36 PM

airtle no. 1 op kneeling down. what a site to see.