DoT oks RCOM’s GSM plans

7 Dec 2007

Reliance Communications (RCOM) has been given permission from India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to rollout a national GSM based wireless network to run alongside its CDMA-based infrastructure. In a communication to the local stock exchanges, RCOM said that the regulator had made the necessary amendments to its Unified Access Service Licenses (UASL), enabling it to offer GSM services in addition to its existing CDMA services. RCOM currently offers telecom services on the CDMA platform in all telecom circles in the country, while a 100% owned subsidiary offers GSM services in seven circles. RCOM will now have to wait for the DoT to allot 4.4MHz of GSM spectrum in each of the circles to launch commercial operations. The DoT has said that RCOM will be allotted spectrum only after existing GSM licence holders such as Vodafone, Aircel and Idea have been granted spectrum.