Unutilised spectrum might lead to penalty for telcos

By January 22nd, 2015 AT 1:11 PM

india-telecom2014The Telecom Commission (TC) has recommended an audit of the spectrum usage by the telecom operators in their respective circles. In its recommendation, TC has mentioned that if any operator is found with unused spectrum in their network during the audit, the government would take penal action against them.

The government has taken this step after Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the Department of Telecommunications complained that the operators were not utilising their licensed spectrum effectively.

A team comprising of WPC officials will identify the quantum of spectrum actually being used by the operators and assess their usage efficiency. Earlier, the Committee on Allocation of Natural Resources had also recommended a spectrum audit.

Also read : DoT to release spectrum sharing guidelines after auctions, to help smaller operators?

A year ago, the Supreme Court of India had also ordered that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India was authorised to examine the accounts of even private companies if they were dealing with natural resources.

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krish
krish

Bad time for aircel

Joy
Joy

True also for bsnl, stel unused 3g spectrum.

QuickSilver
QuickSilver

I don’t think so. Aircel still have coverage in KL circle at some places(most of them neighbouring TN)

krish
krish

I have seen their subscriber base in Kerala. There are some 918 customers for them in kerala. May be yes they are doing that to tell that they have presence in every circle.

Krishna
Krishna

Recently Aircel is available in most part of Trivandrum City to overcome the penalty.

krish
krish

I dont think bsnl is in the list

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