Global associations urge India to reconsider spectrum allocation

29 Sep 2004

The GSM Association has urged India’s telecoms regulator to align itself with the world’s communications market and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) by vetoing a proposal to release UMTS spectrum that clashes with frequency reserved for global 3G services. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested the release of spectrum in the 1900MHz band to the country’s 2G operators, but the frequency is part of the core radio spectrum identified by the ITU in 1992 for the exclusive use of 3G services worldwide. The ITU and GSM Association are also opposed to the fact that the proposal favours the use of certain technologies, when both claim spectrum should be awarded on a technologically neutral basis. Speaking at the 3GSM World Congress Asia, GSM Association Chairman Craig Ehrlich said: ‘If the (1900MHz spectrum) band is allocated in India, then the Indian people will be denied the benefit of unrestricted access to global roaming in the 3G world and the dynamic Indian IT and telecommunications industries will suffer.’