DoT might allow 3G Spectrum Sharing, Final Policy to be approved by Telecom Commission

As per the reports DoT might allow spectrum sharing which means non 3G operators can offer 3G services via spectrum sharing all though Trio like Airtel Vodafone India and Idea has started offering 3G in non 3G circles after TDSAT lifted the ban on 3G ICRA roaming in April 2014.

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This comes at the time when the technical committee pointed out that since spectrum and licences have become technology agnostic, there is no point in banning a particular technology when it comes to sharing spectrum reports The Hindu. DoT had earlier banned sharing of 3G spectrum on the grounds that it would jeopardise future auctions as telecom players could enter into sharing arrangements instead of buying it.

Now its a wait a watch for operators and subscribers if telecom commission approves the final policy though if approved its a win win thing for customers and we can see some healthy competition among 3G operators and we believe there are chances operators might do a marginal hike in data tariff.

As a customers what do you think do let us know via comments.

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29 Comments on "DoT might allow 3G Spectrum Sharing, Final Policy to be approved by Telecom Commission"


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Gaurav Sinha
June 7, 2014 11:11 pm 11:11 PM

Not a good decision by dot.Now we will see cartel behavior of operators in the market.

June 7, 2014 12:00 am 12:00 AM

is TATA Docomo,RCom and Aircel also thinking about ICRA???

Duane Anthony Bayliss
June 7, 2014 8:33 am 8:33 AM

@ MANISH – they can keep on THINKING
Across India AIRTEL VODA and IDEA have already LAUNHED 3G on ICRA and come out with huge hoardings “3G is BACK”

June 6, 2014 10:06 pm 10:06 PM

@Saumya–the aircel data plans have been hiked in kolkata circle also..checked it today.

June 6, 2014 8:39 pm 8:39 PM

Don’t dream about tariff reduction. Private players won’t reduce 3G tariff even if the government give spectrum free of cost. Their only aim is to loot Indian Customers.

Now Aircel also join with AVOID group and hiked 3G tariff to Rs.198 for 1GB. Govt should fix Maximum price for 1GB 3G Data.

June 6, 2014 7:24 pm 7:24 PM

This ICRA is leading to slow 3G n 2G speeds after Idea started providing 3G on airtel’s network tower in Mumbai circle causing airtel n idea speeds slowing down

June 6, 2014 2:03 pm 2:03 PM

If this gets implemented very soon then it would be very nice for common people.We dont need to keep separate sim cards for 2G and 3G and also we can expect a competition very soon.Because the small players like docomo and reliance will get licence in non operational areas and the avoid group might be forced to reduce their tariff,especially Airtel,whose 3G tariff is the costliest in ICRA areas like in Kolkata.

June 6, 2014 2:07 pm 2:07 PM

But again I would say that wired connection is much better than wireless connection.I was using docomo 2G for a year and now switched to broadband and I feel like I am flying in heaven as I dont need to worry about what sites I am surfing and what processes are running in the background that are eating up my data like I used to worry when I used to tether my docomo and used it on my pc.

June 6, 2014 4:23 pm 4:23 PM

I party agree and disagree also ,,,reason – no competition will happen as all operator will provide same data tariff which will will be high,,,,aircel which does not have a good 3g coverage and poor network is now giving 1g 3g at rs 198.. what to say,, please do confirm all that all aircel pocket internet pack have been hiked,,,,me from rest of bengal.. airtel provide 1gb at rs 255 which has a better 3g coverage…

June 6, 2014 11:25 pm 11:25 PM

Yeah,just checked it today.The packs have been hiked miserably.But compared to Airtel’s and Vodafone’s 3G packs,they are still cheaper.Atleast you are getting 1.7 Gb for 255 rupees.At my place I get very good signal of Aircel 2G as well as 3G.But since I have switched to wired connection,I don’t care about the hikes and data packs.

June 6, 2014 1:52 pm 1:52 PM
We can expect many things or miracles from this new government. Already they have said that broadband would be their first priority followed by inter circle MNP which is expected to be launched in 3 months. It would also be better if they focused on MNVOs as is would surely help reduce tariffs and would be better for both the main network provider and the virtual provider. For example, Tesco Mobile, a MNVO using O2 (telefonica) UK network has much lower tariffs than the parent network. So thats will also be a hit in india too. In other news which… Read more »
June 7, 2014 12:03 am 12:03 AM
*On the other hand AT&T finally seems to be catching up with Verizon in terms of market share and both of them might now share the title of no1 carrier in US in terms of market share. *Now the Sprint and T-Mobile merger still needs approval from FCC and the regulators seem sceptical regarding passing such a deal given that the previous deal of AT&T purchasing T-Mobile was turned down fearing lack of competition. *The deal is good for the consumers i personally believe because both Sprint and T-Mobile have been losing money for quite some time now infact Sprint… Read more »
June 7, 2014 9:09 am 9:09 AM

Yes, there will be concerns of monopoly being created in the united states however the deal may finalise seeing the condition of both the companies, t mobile being in a lot better situation than sprint.

Customers aren’t happy. They have already threated to quit t mobile if merger happens (courtsey- twitter). Same with the o2 ireland takeover by Hutchison (3) which has got regulatory approvals)

June 7, 2014 12:31 pm 12:31 PM

*Thanks for the info bro

apple lover
June 6, 2014 8:24 pm 8:24 PM

SS, is this new govt implement national MNP soon???
Do they take over what has been started by old govt??

June 6, 2014 11:38 am 11:38 AM

Finally some relief for consumers. DOT, TRAI are all setup for protecting consumer rights, not for making money for Gov.

Gov puts only 3 spectrum in each circle for 3G and create artificial scarcity and try to cash it on auction. By sharing infrastructure is good for companies, consumers and finally environment.

June 6, 2014 11:24 am 11:24 AM

What about STEL’s 3G license????

June 6, 2014 10:57 am 10:57 AM
My opinion is to allow 3G ICRA for a period basis as 4G technologies will pickup speed in next 3-4 years, slowly 3G will fade out. As more cheaper 4G handsets are around corner; 3G has reached saturation level. A good news for operators, this move by DOT will definitely improve their balance sheets, high operational costs taken by 3G operators per circle will come down. Last but not least DoT must look after the legal view of the decision otherwise it is the common man who pays at the end. I have bought a Vodafone USB Modem in January… Read more »

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