Defence Ministry agrees spectrum vacation timetable

8 Jun 2009

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreeing to vacate spectrum needed for 2G and 3G licensees over a three-year period, Livemint reports. It is understood that the defence forces will initially release 10MHz of spectrum suitable for 3G services, and a further 5MHz for 2G service with immediate effect. The MoD will subsequently release the remainder of its held spectrum in a phased manner upon completion of a fibre-optic network being built for it by state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL). The new network will see the two telcos install around 40,000km of fibre-optic cable, connecting 219 army stations, 33 navy stations and 162 air force stations across the country.