India faces battle to free up short listed WiMAX spectrum

19 Sep 2006

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has drawn up a short list of four frequency bands for the allocation of spectrum for WiMAX services, the Economic Times reports. The four bands are the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz, 3.4GHz-3.6GHz, 2.3GHz-2.4GHz and 700MHz bands. The regulator must now negotiate with a number of government departments to ascertain which bands are available and best suited to wireless broadband services. The Department of Space (DoS) is thought to be opposed to the use of the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz band, which is currently used for various satellite-based mobile and broadcast applications, including disaster-warning services. The 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band, meanwhile, is currently used for satellite downlink services and the DoS is concerned that there are contractual commitments to provide such services for the long term.