[AI] RCom to move court on spectrum issue

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Wed Jan 2 07:12:06 EST 2008


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RCom to move court on spectrum issue

New Delhi, (PTI): CDMA mobile-operator 'Reliance Communications', whose Chairman, Anil Ambani, had accused GSM operators of hoarding spectrum, is expected
on Thursday to move telecom tribunal TDSAT seeking return of excess air waves from operators using the rival technology.

RCom is likely to raise the issue of GSM operators hoarding excess spectrum to the tune of over 52 MHz, that too having got it free and beyond their eligibility
limit of 6.2 MHz, according to sources.

The company is of the view that the excess spectrum should be returned and re-farmed and equally distributed among all operators.

Upset over the government's decision to allot additional spectrum based on TRAI's formula, the company had also served a legal notice to the government
to freeze allocation of air waves to existing players.

RCom has maintained that the government should enforce the spectrum allocation norms prescribed by the Telecom Engineering Centre, whose report was accepted
by DoT in principle.

TEC norms were much more stringent than those proposed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. TEC had raised subscriber base by up to 15 times, while
TRAI had suggested up to six times increase in user base for becoming eligible for additional frequency.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court would on Thursday hear a case filed by Cellular Operators Association of India against TDSAT's interim order not to stay
the spectrum allocation process.

TDSAT, in its interim order, had declined to stay the issuance of spectrum by the government, which would allow 



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