Releasing India's telecom sector from its constraints


INDIA'S booming telecom sector, hampered by lack of adequate radio waves or spectrum for efficient operation, may soon be able to augment services. The bottleneck arose because the defence ministry would not agree to swap the radio spectrum reserved for it with a less efficient band currently being used by telecom operators.

The disagreement between the defence ministry and the department of telecom looks set to be resolved at the political level and is expected to see - as suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) - the defence ministry give 15 MHz of spectrum in the 2,100 MHz band in exchange for a similar amount in the 1,900 MHz band. That would reduce the pressure...

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