DoT seeks time to explain spectrum allotment beyond 6.2 MHz

New Delhi, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 04:41am hrs
The department of telecom (DoT) is understood to have sought more time from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to explain the reasons for allotting spectrum to the existing GSM operators, beyond their contractual limit of 6.2 MHz.

The Telecom Commission was supposed to give a presentation over the spectrum issue to the CVC on Monday, but the department has sought some more time, according to sources. In a letter to the DoT, the CVC had sought replies on various issues relating to spectrum allocation. It had asked the DoT why additional spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz was not auctioned as this has resulted in a huge financial loss to the exchequer.

As per a DoT policy, the start-up spectrum has to be given in a tranche of 4.4 MHz, but in many cases it allotted 6.2 MHz. Most of the existing GSM players have been allotted 10 MHz or even higher in some of the circles based on the number of subscribers decided earlier. Rival CDMA operators Tata Teleservices and RCom have also raised the matter with the DoT over what they call an indiscriminatory approach of allotting extra frequency to GSM players.