Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, which has a joint venture initiative in India with local partner Tata Teleservices, has expressed concerns over state policies which prevent it from offering GSM cellular circles in the lucrative Delhi concession area.
The pair’s Tata DoCoMo venture holds concessions for 18 telecoms circles, but was not allocated spectrum in the Delhi circle. News agency PTI quotes NTT executive Mutsuo Yamamoto as saying: ‘NTT DoCoMo as an investor in India looks forward to fairness in terms of policy issues. For instance Tata DoCoMo should be given start-up spectrum of 4.4MHz in Delhi and 39 other key districts on a priority basis.’ Yamamoto added that the Indian authorities should look to allot airwaves to operators such as Tata DoCoMo – which do not even have start-up spectrum in some circles – before issuing additional spectrum to other players. The official’s second point is a direct response to concerns that the Indian government has reportedly framed policy which would give additional spectrum to those firms already holding spectrum, before any allotment of fresh spectrum to start-ups.