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Indian 3G spectrum policy welcomed

The CDMA Development Group on Monday welcomed the proposals on 3G spectrum allocation as outlined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) last week.

The CDG is no doubt relieved that the proposals indicate that the Indian government will not favour one 3G technology over another, removing fears that CDMA would be pushed to the sidelines.

Last week the TRAI recommended that the allocation and assignment of 3G spectrum in the 450MHz, 800MHz, and 2100MHz frequency bands be technology and service neutral, in order to establish a level playing field.

However the CDMA group said that more can be done to level the playing field within the 2G spectrum bands. The CDG complains that by subjectively allocating 2G spectrum on an incremental basis based on an operator’s reported subscriber numbers and a dated spectrum efficiency analysis, cdma2000 operators are constrained to only half of the amount of spectrum available to GSM operators.

Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG said: “CDMA has played an important role in the expansion of telephony and Internet penetration in India. We urge the Indian government to continue stimulating innovation, competition and further investments by bringing balance and fairness to the allocation of its scarce national resources.”


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