India’s Reliance Communications has applied to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for spectrum to test 3G services in 13 circles, according to the Business Standard. Company sources claim that Reliance is seeking 3G spectrum in six telecom circles were it currently operates CDMA-based networks and seven circles where it offers GSM services.
Reliance’s request follows confirmation this week that the DoT has given four cellcos permission to trial 3G services on a limited basis. Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Bharti Airtel and Hutchison Telecommunications have been given a temporary limited allocation of 3G frequencies with which to test services in closed campuses for technical assessment only. The DoT plans to allot 3G spectrum later this year, and has appointed a panel to look into the pricing and allocation of frequencies.