GSM spectrum allocation for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh under consideration

9 Sep 2008

Zee News is reporting that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is in the process of allocating GSM spectrum to up to five new operators in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh circles, with operators under consideration including Tata Teleservices, Unitech, Datacom, Swan and Loop Telecom. The report also suggests that the DoT is aiming to continue the spectrum allocation across the country, with the regulator currently focusing on circles where spectrum is available in abundance; the DoT has previously indicated a preference for offering spectrum to multiple operators simultaneously. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the DoT allocated additional GSM spectrum to four operators for the Madhya Pradesh circle in August 2008, with Loop Telecom, Unitech, Datacom and Tata Teleservices all receiving concessions for the region; meanwhile Reliance Communications (RCOM) has already been allocated GSM spectrum in fourteen circles.