RCOM asks for new GSM-900 spectrum allocation

14 Mar 2008

News site The Hindu Business Line reports that Reliance Communications (RCOM) has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to allocate it GSM spectrum in the more cost-effective 900MHz band instead of the 1800MHz ‘start-up’ frequency blocks which it has been allotted for its planned national expansion. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, RCOM operates CDMA-based mobile and fixed-wireless services in 21 of India’s 23 telecoms circles, whilst its wholly owned subsidiary Reliance Telecom offers GSM-based services in eight circles. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has sent a letter to the DoT objecting to any proposed swap of RCOM’s spectrum, saying that the operators it represents (which include Reliance Telecom), have first rights to the 900MHz band.