TTSL sees claim for first refusal on 2G spectrum rejected

8 Nov 2010

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has rejected a claim by mobile network operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) that it should have the first right to any new 2G spectrum, Iocal news source the Economic Times reports. TTSL has argued that proposed changes to the system of allocation for spectrum, which at present is supposed to work on a first-come-first-served basis, would constitute discrimination. The DoT’s joint wireless advisor, TK Varada Krishnan, also dismissed claims by the cellco that it had been incorrectly placed lower down in the waiting list for second generation frequencies, noting that TTSL’s application for GSM spectrum was only valid from 5 March 2008, the day that its initial spectrum allocation took place.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month the chairman of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), JS Sarma, has said that he expects the regulator to submit its second set of proposals for the pricing and allocation of 2G spectrum by the end of this month.