GSM telcos urges Trai not to club sub-1GHz bands

GSM telecom service providers have asked Trai to retain the current band-wise spectrum caps. They have also urged Trai not to pursue its proposal to count all frequencies under 1 GHz as one frequency for calculating the 50% cap on spectrum holding in a band, according to media reports. COAI, the GSM lobby body, said that such a move will lead to spectrum concentration in a specific band with a single operator, thus affecting the competitiveness of the industry. The lobby body also said that the move would also deprive new operators from acquiring fresh spectrum in the sub-GHz band.


In its consultation paper on spectrum caps, the telecom regulator had proposed to club all sub-1 GHz bands (700 Mhz, 800 MHz and 900 MHz), and impose a limit on the spectrum that operators can hold in the clubbed band.

As per the current rules, operators cannot hold more than 50% of spectrum in a given band and 25% of total spectrum (across bands) in a given service area.
“Instead of putting a separate cap only on the 700 MHz band spectrum, another approach could be clubbing together of all sub-1 GHz spectrum bands i.e. 700 M Hz, 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands and impose a limit on spectrum that one TSP can acquire in these bands,” Trai’s consultation paper read.

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Sanjit Roy
December 9, 2015 4:22 pm 4:22 PM
Then why airtel is holding more than 50% spectrum from 900 mhz band in NE circle? Recently these kinds of arguments were raised by airtel and coai, Just take a look india uses primary gsm 900 and totall availability of spectrum is 25 mhz, where as airtel holds totall of 13.6 mhz from NE circle from 900 mhz band which is more than 50% spectrum from this band, so now they wants that there should be a limitations so funny. Actually nowadays these cheaters are scared of Mukesh Ambani, I must tell you everyone if Mukesh Ambani havent returned in… Read more »
December 10, 2015 1:28 pm 1:28 PM

You always mislead people around here.. You can do that, most of us don’t have problem with it!! But why the hell did you copied that punchline which was mine!?! Even in that punchline you shuffled Telecom Czar name with Dhokla bhai.. I’ll sue you man!!

Sanjit Roy
December 10, 2015 7:17 pm 7:17 PM

@Amygdala- As you are a thelewala so naturally you can only latch your comments with others but not yours, now if you would had the ability to place your own comments with facts then it can be justified. So you thelawala ab apna thela thelna bandh kar.

December 9, 2015 7:35 pm 7:35 PM


Prasath J
December 9, 2015 6:04 pm 6:04 PM
Till now Trai / DoT never allows a telecom to hold more than 50% of spectrum in particular band. What you have pointed out now is actually a mistake in TT Spectrum sheet, which I have pointed out earlier… Airtel, Aircel, RCom each has 4.4MHz of 900MHz spectrum (BSNL has 6.2MHz) in NE circle, where Airtel and RCom’s spectrum came for renewal in 2015 auction. In that auction, Airtel has retained its 4.4MHz as well as snatched another 4.4MHz of 900MHz spectrum from RCom.. So its TOTAL 8.8MHz only and NOT 8.8 + 4.4 MHz as specified in spectrum chart..… Read more »
Sanjit Roy
December 9, 2015 11:53 pm 11:53 PM
@Prashant J- Actually you dont know the exact facts, for your kind info you must know that Bharti airtel got 4.4 mhz for startup spectrum from NE circle in 2004 which has the validity till 2024 and at the same year they also purchased oasis cellular which has got 4.4 mhz of startup spectrum and oasis cellular got it around 96, but they never launched their services commercially in NE circle, so bharti airtel has already a combined spectrum of 8.8 mhz from 900 mhz band out of which 4.4 mhz will expire around february next year because they took… Read more »
December 10, 2015 10:06 am 10:06 AM

NE 4.4 expiring in Feb-16 and what they have taken from RCOM will more than replace it.
So their total 900 holding will remain under 50% limit. Please don’t mislead.

Sanjit Roy
December 10, 2015 4:05 pm 4:05 PM

@Sancha- Without knowing the exact facts your tell me that I am misleading, kya raga ke relative ho? What a you can say, anyone can tell this, there is nothing beyond you telling us. Actually you think that I am commenting on the basis of tt’s spectrum data sheet and that is the major problem with you. So just check the records from dot’s website and then comment here,