Defence Ministry Says no to Spectrum Sharing leaving the Telecos in lurch

Government is unlikely to offer 3G Spectrum in the 800MHz band in the upcoming auction as the defense ministry has disagreed on swapping the bandwidth. The Telecos are dejected as this deal had a potential to generate estimated revenue of Rs 5000 Crore this fiscal year. It will also be a speed bump for the Telecos in expanding its high speed 3G Data services.

One of the senior officials who have an insight on the talks between the defense and telecom ministry told ET that “Apart from other issues, the defense (ministry) has cited some technical issues pertaining to the use of airwaves in critical border areas.”

Telecom Companies are currently facing a Spectrum crunch and they will be requiring additional airwaves in the 2100 MHz band which is traditionally used for deploying the high speed 3G. Operators had requested DoT to hold talks with the Defense ministry to swap the 15MHz in the 3G Band with an equal portion of airwaves in the 1900 MHz band. DoTs failure to address the defense band zone issue has made the deal sour. Notifying a certain chunk of the spectrum will ensure that no one will be able to use it except for the Army themselves.

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August 28, 2014 10:34 pm 10:34 PM

Off topic :

Airtel has become a shameless cheater. I have recharged Tamilnadu number for Rs.350 using ‘my airtel’ official app. It displays recharge successful and the balance didn’t get refreshed. I have tried to clear the cache and everything. I have tried to recharge with PAYTM app. Whoaaaa. The recharge was succesful and the balance got refreshed.

I still have to confirm using the bank statement whether money has been deducted for the first recharge attempt or not.

So better do not my airtel app for recharging. Just use it to track the balance. Thats all.

August 29, 2014 6:44 pm 6:44 PM

@ SUDHAKAR its shameful on your part to call someone a cheater just because of any error that could have been at YOUR BANK or PAYTM or AIRTEL end.

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August 29, 2014 7:28 pm 7:28 PM
It is not at all a shameful thing as the network name Sudhakar told was ‘airtel’.It was not a fault of Sudhakar as this image of airtel has been created by airtel itself and they kept maintain their image,still continuing with their robbery tricks.The profit airtel boast is mainly comes from unintelligent customers who don’t has a sense of thinking and only by looting policies of airtel without proper consent of their customers,customers don’t know what the hell is going on with their balances,they even not aware about what kind of services that activated in their number.SHAMELESS,DIRTY NETWORK…….
August 29, 2014 5:05 am 5:05 AM

Al last you have realized airtel is cheater!

August 29, 2014 1:50 pm 1:50 PM

What to do man?. When I go abroad I must depend on airtel, idea and aircel for international prepaid roaming.

APpL€ LoVeR™
August 29, 2014 12:23 am 12:23 AM

airtel already were a shameless cheater,it is not a new news.
But i think this was only a technical error,if recharge was not successful you will get your money credited back in your account within 48hrs.Anyways please contact CC of your bank or airtel.

APpL€ LoVeR™
August 28, 2014 10:22 pm 10:22 PM
In European countries the 800MHZ band is asked for deployment of LTE(4G) technology not for UMTS(3G) roll-out.Only nine countries in EU have accepted the deployment of LTE over 800MHz and rest 18 EU countries the decisions yet to be made.Some reasons told by 18 countries against allotment of 800MHz for LTE deployment were, member states invoked the need for EU and non-EU border coordination, notably to solve intra-frequency interference issues,continuation of analogue or digital TV broadcasting,continuation of military emission and transmission in the 800 MHz channels(Bulgaria uses 800MHz for army purposes), operator network investment,and market competition related issues. So on… Read more »
August 28, 2014 10:37 pm 10:37 PM

What are you coming to say?. Do you welcome the defence ministry’s decision or not?.

APpL€ LoVeR™
August 29, 2014 12:15 am 12:15 AM

Yes i definitely welcome the decision of govt,although the decision affect data speed and quality of service(Private telcos will get more benefits if ICRA roaming situation arises,here customer is not going to get any benefits of improved quality),see my last sentence ‘So on basis of global looking our government had made a good decision,it can be kept as reserve chunk of spectrum for the allocation for higher technologies in future’
But i don’t know if that decision was a part of uncertainty or do the govt have known the value of 800MHz spectrum in LTE(or other purposes) rather than UMTS.

August 28, 2014 8:29 pm 8:29 PM

I don’t want any facility that compromises the national security. I welcome the defence ministry’s decision. If all the spectrum is snatched from the defence area, then how will they communicate?. I hope the defence ministry stays firm in its decision.

August 28, 2014 10:56 pm 10:56 PM