Opposition to 800 MHz of e-GSM band, to impact CDMA operators ?

Concerns have been raised by CDMA lobby group, Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) over TRAI’s recommendations to DoT to explore creation of extended GSM (e-GSM) by using a part of 800 MHz band of spectrum.

800 MHz band is predominantly used by CDMA based mobile operators worldwide. AUSPI argued that using the 800 MHz band for the e-GSM would impact the business of CDMA operators who have invested heavily while rolling out services in the 800 MHz band. DoT is yet to take a call on this matter.

Creation of e-GSM has seen appreciation from the GSM players like Airtel, but has witnessed stiff opposition from the CDMA operators like Reliance communication, Tata Tele-services and MTS.

While DoT has set aside 900 MHz and 1800 MHz for auction in 2015, AUSPI has urged DoT to auction the 800 MHz band in 2015 as proposed by TRAI.

AUSPI has also requested for the reduction of the spectrum pricing of 800 MHz. As of now, TRAI has proposed starting price of 800 MHz at 80% base price of 1800 MHz, which comes to INR 2,685 Crores. The final call on this is yet to be taken.

It will be interesting to see the developments in this space and how the spectrum gets auctioned in 2015, who will emerge the winners and who will lose out. We as subscribers are the biggest stakeholders in the spectrum auction.

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October 19, 2014 10:41 pm 10:41 PM

I am planning to port my reliance gsm number to MTS.How is mts in Kolkata?Will it be cheaper than Aircel?

October 19, 2014 5:18 pm 5:18 PM

CDMA is a failed technology in India. Reliance, TATA or BSNL don’t care much about CMDA as they have 2G and 3G. MTS is just in 9 circles. Also TATA or BSNL won’t be renewing its CMDA license.

Instead of wasting 800Mhz it is better to create E-GSM in 850Mhz and use it for 2G,3G and 4G. 850Mhz 3G support by all modern smartphones.

October 19, 2014 8:23 pm 8:23 PM

You are talking as if reliance gsm and docomo gsm are successful in India. Come to Tamilnadu and ask the people. I think no one will use the number from the above operators as their main number.

Reliance gsm – no call conference, no international prepaid roaming, non PAN INDIA 3G operator, internet will not work in the aircel ICR network.

Docomo gsm – high call rate, always logs into aircel, more than Rs.800 is required to use international roaming in addition to costly calls, internet wil not work in aircel ICR network, non PAN INDIA 3G operator.

What do you say now?.

October 19, 2014 10:40 pm 10:40 PM

Reliance and Docomo offer lowest tariff 3G plans in the country and quite hit where they have 3G service.

October 20, 2014 10:33 am 10:33 AM

What about the non availability of call conference facility in the reliance GSM?.

October 20, 2014 11:48 am 11:48 AM

Not everyone in the country does a call conference.

October 21, 2014 9:13 am 9:13 AM

Can you prove it?. There is call conference in all GSM operators except reliance GSM in Tamilnadu. Simply do not troll supporting thr shameless mobile operators.

October 22, 2014 11:30 pm 11:30 PM

Well can you prove it everyone do call conference every day?

If you check Vodafone website, they clearly mention “Service not available for Prepaid customers in AP, Kerala and Karnataka”. Still people use it at these circles.

October 20, 2014 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

@Sudhakar:Come to my city and use Reliance’s 3G service.You will really feel a difference.Reliance has the best 3G service in Kolkata and rest of WB.Better than Vodafone’s.

October 21, 2014 9:14 am 9:14 AM

There is no point in providing more speed at a particular place. It should be at all the 3G coverage places.

S Gopal
October 19, 2014 6:08 pm 6:08 PM

Does that mean BSNL will put a stop to their WLL/Tarang services and similarly Tata would discontinue their Tata Walky services?

APpL€ LoVeR™
October 19, 2014 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

For BSNL i don’t think they gonna stop it’s CDMA WLL services.Tata no idea.BSNL recently proposed a plan to surrender its CDMA spectrum with broadband spectrum in some circles,but i don’t think govt accepted the proposal of surrendering CDMA spectrum(i am not quite sure of that) .

October 19, 2014 3:00 pm 3:00 PM

The CDMA operators are not giving any fee for upgrading the network where as the GSM operators are spending a lot for 2G spectrum, 3G spectrum, now 4G spectrum. What the hell?. CDMA operators are making a lot of money with less coverage by just paying fee only for CDMA spectrum and using the same for voice and data. Then finally increasing the data speed to EVDO rev.B.