India’s Economic Times is reporting that the government has implemented a committee with the express function of monitoring the vacation of spectrum by the armed forces. The move comes as the preparations for the much-delayed auction of 3G concessions gain momentum, and it is understood that state has also tasked the newly-formed committee with examining the construction of the dedicated fibre-optic network that the armed forces will use in place of the spectrum that they give up. It is expected that the group of ministers (GoM) currently studying the policies related to the 3G auction will soon release a road map for the fibre network.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in June 2009 it was announced that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU), with the former agreeing to vacate spectrum needed for 2G and 3G licensees over a three-year period. The defence forces at that date agreed to 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 the aforementioned fibre-optic network being constructed for it.