HOME > BUSINESS > TRAI pushes DoT to auction surrendered Tata DoCoMo, BSNL spectrum

TRAI pushes DoT to auction surrendered Tata DoCoMo, BSNL spectrum

The department of telecom has opposed TRAI’s suggestion to auction the CDMA spectrum surrendered by Tata Teleservices (Tata DoCoMo) in the upcoming auctions, saying that there is a chance that the spectrum may have to be returned to the operator.

However, in its response to DoT’s doubts, the TRAI reiterated that the spectrum should be auctioned and the risk of having to return it to Tata DoCoMo is very less.

bsnl-cdma

“The Legal Opinion received by DoT indicates that the auction of spectrum proposed to be surrendered by M/s Tata Tele Services (TTL) and Tata Tele Services Maharashtra) Ltd during the pendency of Writ Petitions before the Hon’ble High Courts of Bombay and Kolkata may likely to create third party interest, leading to legal complications.

“The DoT is of the view that since the matter related to surrender of spectrum by TTSL/TTML is subjudice, the carriers proposed for surrender by TTSL/TTML cannot be considered for making a chunk of contiguous of 5 MHz.”

Tata DoCoMo operates both CDMA services (earlier called Tata Indicom) and GSM services.

In its reply to DoT’s expression of reservations, TRAI dismissed the fears.

“TTSL surrendered the spectrum in April 2013 to absolve it from any liability arising out of the one-time spectrum charges (OTC) on spectrum holding beyond 2.5 MHz in the 800 MHz band.

“This spectrum has already been lying idle for the past 18 months. Since conclusion of the entire judicial process may take considerable time, keeping the spectrum idle till such time is certainly neither desirable nor does it make economic sense5. The Authority is also not aware about the legal action taken by the DoT to ensure that the spectrum is not kept idle but is gainfully employed.”

It also pointed out that since the spectrum was allocated via the subscriber-linked allocation method, the same criteria can now be applied to prevent a return of the spectrum.

“As per the subscriber-linked criteria of DoT, which was last amended in January 2008, no additional spectrum beyond what is available with it (Tata DoCoMo) after surrender is justified to TTSL except in Maharashtra.”

TRAI also wanted the DoT to take back half of the CDMA spectrum held by BSNL in 17 circles, while DoT said it had decided to take back spectrum in only 10 circles.

“The DoT has not explained why the Authority’s recommendations were being accepted for only 10 LSAs. It is not 5 clear why the recommendations are not being accepted in the remaining 7 LSAs. First and foremost, the Authority would like to point out that both PSUs were allocated the spectrum in the 800 MHz band administratively and free of charge.

“Both the PSUs are Government owned companies and the DoT, being the licensor, has every right to take the spectrum back from them if they are not using it optimally and efficiently,” it added.

“Spectrum in the 800 MHz band assigned to PSUs is grossly unutilised. There is a continuous decline in the number of subscribers being served by them and their current combined CDMA subscriber base is only 2% of the total CDMA subscribers, while they hold nearly 24% of the total spectrum assigned in the 800 MHz band.

“On average, they are serving around 13,500 subscribers per MHz, while private TSPs are serving around 2.24 lakh subscribers per MHz spectrum in this band i.e. private TSPs cater to almost 16 times more subscribers using the same amount of spectrum in the 800 MHz band.”

Follow ULTRA.news
TRAI Net Neutrality recommendations are a win for Open Internet advocates India's telecom regulator TRAI has issued its recommendations on Net Neutrality in India.The recommendations are largely along expected lines, and prevent telecom companies from slowing down the Internet to ease the traffic of their video apps, messengers and other 'over-the...
ONGC, satellite operators worried about upcoming 5G spectrum auction in India ONGC and satellite operators in India have raised objections to the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions.An umbrella body of several satellite infrastructure organizations suggested that existing facilities that fall in the bands scheduled for the '5G auction' should be allowed to ...
Tata DoCoMo users get Airtel network, but not the tariff plans yet Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices said they have started moving customers of Tata DoCoMo to the Bharti Airtel network using what is called an 'intra-circle roaming' or ICR agreement.This essentially means that Tata Teleservices will continue to operate a network in a techn...
Reliance Jio arrests trend of declining net additions; user activity increases Reliance Jio, India's newest operator, added 5.94 mln subscribers in September, breaking a declining trend in net additions and taking the total subscriber number to 138.62 mln (13.86 cr).Even as the company increased its subscriber numbers, it was also able to reduce the p...
Tata Teleservices loses 7.3% subscribers in October in Maharashtra Tata Teleservices, the mobile telecom arm of the Tata Group that was sold to Bharti Airtel last month, lost about 7.3% of its nearly 7 mln mobile subscribers in Maharashtra and Goa, according to a regulatory filing by the company.Tata Telservices Maharashtra Ltd, as the compa...
Post Bharti Airtel deal, Tata DoCoMo reaches out to worried subscribers Photo by Adithya VikramTata DoCoMo has started reaching out to customers to prevent them from leaving the network in droves, ahead of a takeover of the mobile operations by Bharti Airtel.Subscribers of Tata DoCoMo, a brand operated by Tata Teleservices, had started porti...
BSNL to increase broadband speed to 10 Mbps from tomorrow Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has increased the speed of all its broadband to 10 Mbps from 2-4 Mbps from tomorrow for all plans starting from Rs 675 per month.This price and data allocation of the plans will remain unchanged, it said.For plans below Rs 675 per month, the down...
BSNL gives ‘free broadband for 1 month’ via FB, Twitter State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd said it would offer one month of its wired services -- DSL, landline or fiber -- free if the booking is made via Twitter or Facebook.The user will have to pay security deposits and installation charges, if any. However, he or she will get...
BSNL to increase minimum broadband speed to withstand Jio Fiber Existing BSNL plansState-owned telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will increase the speed cap on all its DSL and Fiber broadband plans to 10 Mbps. At present, most plans have a speed cap of 4 Mbps.However, higher speeds will be available only in areas which are re...
Tata Tele acquisition good for Bharti Airtel – Fitch Bharti Airtel Limited's (BBB-/Stable) announcement that it plans to acquire the consumer mobile operations of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd (Tata Telecom business) is positive for the deal participants as well as the industry, Fitch Ratings said.B...
BSNL gives Rs 550 cr microwave link project to HFCL Himachal Futuristics or HFCL, promoted by Mahendra Nahata -- who helped in the formation of Reliance Jio -- said it won a Rs 558 cr advance purchase order from BSNL to set up microwave radio links for a defence network."The Company has received an Advance Purchase Order wort...
Tata Tele Maharasthra loses 3.5% mobile subscribers in Sept Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd has lost 3.5% of its mobile subscribers in September.The company, which offers mobile and wired telecom services in Maharashtra, Mumbai and Goa saw its mobile users fall to 69.8 lakh (6.98 mln) on September 30 from 72.4 lakh at the end of Au...
Tata Teleservices says all options on table; no final decision, denies reports Tata Teleservices Maharashtra, the listed unit of TTSL, said it had not taken any "firm decision" on how to go forward, reacting to a news article in the Business Standard that said the company will shut down this month.Reacting to media reports, the company said it "continu...
Bharti Airtel dismayed, Vodafone disappointed by TRAI IUC cut As expected, incumbent telecom operators have expressed their disappointment with the regulator going ahead with cutting the interconnect charges paid by one operator to another at the time of handing off internetwork calls.The operators are likely to approach the government ...
Ambani suddenly looks like the smart guy after TRAI termination charge cut Operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL and Idea Cellular are likely to cut call tariffs for 2G and 3G users after TRAI decision to cut 'termination charges' to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise.More importantly, the bet that Mukesh Ambani placed by making voice free s...
BSNL to form tower co, but will it sell stake? The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for hiving off mobile tower assets of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited into a separate company owned by BSNL.While the move, is not of that big a significance in itself, it is crucial from the perspective of what could come next.It is...
Reliance Jio corners 91% of data card market; could hit BSNL broadband The shipments data cards or dongles in India jumped 15% in Apr-June period compared to the previous three months, thanks to aggressive sales of Reliance Jio Mifi devices.The Ambani company had a 91% share of the dongle market in the country during the period, said CyberMedia...
BSNL to “shortly” launch 4G with VoLTE, Reliance Jio to face competition Players like Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are heaving a sigh of relief that Reliance Jio has not unveiled any 'monsoon surprise' offer. However, state-owned BSNL may be about to increase the competition in the market with the launch of its 4G services shortly.An...
BSNL STVs now valid on roaming as well BSNL, the state-owned telecommunications company, said it has decided to extent the benefits of all special recharges to its subscribers even when they're roaming.So far, these special tariffs were available only in the home location.For example, STV 349 which offers unli...
TRAI to hear the public on net neutrality in open house this month The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has started registrations for an open house discussion on its upcoming recommendations on net neutrality.The open house discussion will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 AM in New Delhi. The venue has not been finalized yet, and...