The telecom department (DoT), following a nudge from the finance ministry, is speeding up harmonisation of airwaves in the 1800 Mhz band.
India has joined nations that seek to free up idle television broadcast airwaves in the 470-698 MHz range, for mobile broadband services.
The development comes barely 48 hours after India’s No. 3 telecom operator Idea Cellular acquired Videocon’s airwaves in Uttar Pradesh.
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The Finnish equipment maker has written a letter to MTNL chairman NK Yadav, copies of which were marked to Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
DoT may dial the Prime Minister’s Office to build consensus across key government departments to speed up India’s call for freeing up idle television broadcast airwaves.
The government has urged ITU to identify airwaves across a clutch of key frequency bands in the 1427-1518 MHz, the 3300-3400 MHz, and 3400-3600 ranges.
Geneva-based ITU, which deals in spectrum management issues globally, is a multinational collective effort between governments and private companies to recommend new telecom technologies and standards.
The BIF has urged telecom secy to ensure such broadcast frequencies in TV UHF band be only allocated through an open auction.
Without directly naming Microsoft’s TV white space technology, Ramachandran also dismissed the entire theory of deploying `white spaces’ or the tiny gaps between TV broadcast channels, for delivering low-cost last mile connectivity across rural India.
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