Tata Teleservices To Submit Additional CDMA Spectrum back to DoT in all circles except Delhi and Mumbai

According to our exclusive sources, Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) all set to submit its additional CDMA spectrum back to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in all circles except Delhi and Mumbai to avoid one time payment charges.

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Recently,the telecom department (DoT) had imposed a one-time spectrum charge on airwaves held by existing mobile phone companies (CDMA and GSM) after the central Government had cleared the proposal in late 2012.

For CDMA operators, the charge has been applied prospectively for all Spectrum beyond the 2.5 MHz mark in the 800 MHz band (CDMA) and is based on the reserve price of the March 2013 auctions for these frequencies.

Earlier, Tata Teleservices has already discontinue its CDMA mobile operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and the North-East circles and increasingly shifting their attention and investment to GSM/3G operations in all other circles.

Presently Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam (SSTL), BSNL and MTNL hold spectrum beyond 2.5 Megahertz (Mhz) in a few telecom service areas.

SSTL/ MTS India which recently won 3.75 Mhz spectrum in 8 circle will not have to pay one-time spectrum fee for these area but the spectrum held by the company in Rajasthan circle falls under the ambit of the order.

As per the initial estimates,  our sources said that one time Spectrum Fee on RCom and Tata Teleservices amounted to about Rs.1,752 and Rs.1155 crore respectively, after the Cabinet had reduced CDMA spectrum base price for auction by 50%.

Tata Teleservices move may be good for SSTL which is operating pure CDMA mobile services under the brand MTS India. MTS and can now take additional spectrum from the auction of CDMA airwaves in future to make 5 mhz continuous spectrum to deploy LTE 4G services.

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[…] company said that “We have completed the surrender of CDMA spectrum in all circles wherein we have made the decision to surrender.It is pertinent to mention here that our responsibility and liability, if any, with respect to the […]

Saurabh Gupta
April 17, 2013 10:24 pm 10:24 PM

when i visited UP East circle last month most of the time it was under vodafone network and incurring roaming charges GPRS was not working at all and charged sms @ Rs. 3.45 where as my Reliance GSM reliance only (where ever network was there :p ) and no roaming charges also only local charges were applicable .TATA is charging roaming charges in UP East where as it should not be for a UP west customer

April 17, 2013 8:51 pm 8:51 PM

I’m using TATA DOCOMO since its launch and I.m happy with it. Yes there are network failure issues but I’m surprised by the connectivity I got when I went to Puttaparthi recently. Almost every where I got coverage and I’m happy with it.

April 17, 2013 7:18 pm 7:18 PM

i work in mumbai and basically from himachal pradesh..reliance and tata both have started service in our town in himachal at same time but from last one year tata cdma tower is not working but reliance is working even m getting 256kbps speed on my netconnect+ at 1x mode whenever m in my hometown..so its better for them to return specturm bcoz they are not using it properly

Kaushik Roy
April 17, 2013 6:03 pm 6:03 PM


April 17, 2013 11:45 pm 11:45 PM

Their new ads like top news channel use our strong network r u on the network that connects everywhere.
Tata must be day dreaming & telling us but the crap company isnt knowing we r not day dreaming.Its just make me laugh wen i watch those ads.If voda or airtel have said then it would have some mean.

April 17, 2013 8:03 pm 8:03 PM


Kaushik Roy
April 18, 2013 9:44 am 9:44 AM



April 17, 2013 5:56 pm 5:56 PM

TATA Docomo must focus on providing cheap and efficient GSM services instead of hiking tariff which is not at all expected from such operator which has pathetic coverage.

Well. they must also focus on CDMA data services because they were much free from congesion and offered all india free roaming. However, the photon+ plans were very costly!

April 17, 2013 5:50 pm 5:50 PM
It’s not that Tata is going to focus on GSM and 3G services or its expansion by returning excess CDMA spectrum as in Himachal Pradesh which is our neighboring state, they have scaled down their services and turned off most of their towers. I personally visited there and while roaming thru various places, my TD number latched on Vodafone even at places where their network was present. So, they are scaling down operations in non-performing circles too like Aircel. Actually this (returning excess spectrum) will not bring in any money for them. It only restrict the outflow. They are operational… Read more »
April 17, 2013 8:01 pm 8:01 PM

So TD latched onto Vodafone, you incurred roaming charges? if yes, for how much? Whether you were able to use GPRS or EDGE?

btw, TATA Docomo network is so pathetic that if you go around international borders then it will latch onto international operators (prepaid) like Aktel in Bangladesh(I have heard this from many people)

April 17, 2013 10:46 pm 10:46 PM
I’ve not written anywhere that I incurred roaming charges. The balance in my Docomo number was 0.23 as haven’t recharged it since Nov, 2012 and yes it’s still active even after not fulfilling the condition of Rs.100/6 months. So went there only for checking purpose. No incoming or outgoing on Vodafone network as balance was below Rs.1-1.50. Forget about data as on partner network every company charges 10p/10KB or I should say the partner charges. Beside this Videocon is also using Vodafone’s network in HP. I’m not a frequent roamer though 🙂 Good news is Idea has again stopped charging… Read more »
April 18, 2013 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

Bro can U believe tata docomo gsm 2g is providing downloading speed 30-40KBPS.in my town they are providing this speed on 3g pack.why they R not providing this speed on 2g plans ?

they don’t have 3g coverage in my town.i use 21 plan 300mb 3g data for 3days.

April 18, 2013 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

So, you have only 2G TD network and you get only 30-40KBps on recharging with 3G data plans. If that’s so then TD again is a waste!

Better find a 3G network in your area and get 3G speeds! I get 600KBps on IDEA 3G. Cheers!

April 19, 2013 9:08 am 9:08 AM

I use 3g 21pack on my no. And its provide me 300mb 3g data for 3days.while same data and same validity plan is available in 2g @19 in up west.
paying 2 rupees extra speed is double then 2g in 2g network.

Idea 3g too costly then this plan

April 18, 2013 3:26 pm 3:26 PM

Any ideas regarding Airtel? I have rajasthan airtel SIM and wanna use 3G here in UP East, but problem is that, as AirTel doesn’t have spectrum (3G) here, i have to latch on IDEA’s network. So whether I am going to get charged from my data pack or from main balance.

Just a question, any answers will be highly appreciated! 🙂

April 18, 2013 5:15 pm 5:15 PM
Yes, you will be charged @10p/10KB for using Idea 3G network on your Airtel Rajasthan number as it’s a partner’s network and not Airtel’s own network and you are using it in Inter Circle Roaming area and there is no agreement between these two for allowing customer to use data network on “Roam like Home” basis in Inter Circle Roaming Areas too. But you can use Airtel 2G network and data will be deducted from your pack and why would you activate pack on roaming number when you can do the same on your own UP (East) number. Here are… Read more »
April 18, 2013 7:19 pm 7:19 PM

Thanks a lot! 🙂

April 17, 2013 4:56 pm 4:56 PM

Why tata is given more importance since its traiff prize are high and providing service which is not upto the mark

April 17, 2013 4:51 pm 4:51 PM


April 17, 2013 4:40 pm 4:40 PM

So if TATA returns additional spectrum how will they operate Tata Photon Max EVDO Rev B which need 2 carrier signals?

TATA could re-auction those spectrum and could use for LTE.


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