RCOM adds Rajasthan to GSM list; seeks TDSAT involvement in GSM spectrum allotment issue

7 Jan 2009

Completing a trio of launch announcements this week, Indian cellco Reliance Communications (RCOM) has reportedly begun offering services on its GSM-based network in the circle of Rajasthan, LiveMint is reporting. Having launched its GSM operations in both Punjab and Mumbai earlier this week, the new infrastructure in Rajasthan is expected to be available to over 1,450 cities and 10,000 villages in the state.

In separate but related news, The Economic Times reports that RCOM will approach India’s telecoms tribunal, the Telecoms Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in a bid to resolve an issue with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) regarding GSM spectrum allocation. RCOM received in-principle approval for GSM spectrum in six circles – Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Kolkata and West Bengal – in October 2007. The DoT however withdrew its approval in December 2008, claiming that RCOM was already in possession of spectrum through its subsidiary Reliance Telecom. RCOM contends the DoT was aware of the subsidiary at the time of giving in-principal approval for the new spectrum.