Reliance confirms GSM plans

11 Sep 2006

India’s Reliance Infocomm has confirmed that it has applied to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for GSM spectrum in 21 of the country’s 23 telecoms circles. Operating under the IndiaMobile brand, Reliance offers CDMA services in twenty circles, and GSM services in eight, mainly in the east of the country. The application for more GSM spectrum comes amid increasing complaints from Reliance about the level of royalties it pays Qualcomm for the purchase of CDMA handsets, arguing that high costs have restricted its ability to compete with operators offering cut price GSM handsets. It has applied for permission to roll out GSM networks in some regions where it already offers CDMA services.