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    Mobile operators call on RTI Act


    Surajeet Das Gupta / New Delhi December 3, 2007
    Ask for file notings on dual spectrum, new licence issues.

    Incumbent mobile operators and applicants for new licences have found a new weapon to fight their rivals on the contentious issue of licensing and spectrum allocation: the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

    Providers of GSM-technology services, which account for the bulk of mobile services in the country, have filed half a dozen applications under the RTI Act.

    The applications have included notings and discussions on the basis of which the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and the Telecom Engineering Centre, the ministry’s technical advisory arm, prepared their recommendations on raising minimum subscriber numbers for operators to qualify for additional spectrum.

    Another application has asked for details on all potential applicants who have applied for fresh licences. As many as 29 companies have applied for fresh licences and incumbents suspect that several are front companies for existing competitors.

    Operators of GSM and CDMA technology mobile services have been locked in controversy both with each other and with the government over allocation of spectrum, the radio frequencies that enable wireless communications.

    Spectrum has been in short supply for some time and has put service providers under pressure as subscriber numbers grow as a rapid pace.

    The defence services have been slow to surrender spectrum available with them and several operators have been granted spectrum by the government above their contractual obligations.

    Significantly, GSM operators have also asked for notings on the files that dealt with the government decision to allow the policy of dual-use spectrum – that is, for both GSM and CDMA services within the same licence.

    The move has principally benefited Reliance Communications (RCom), the country’s largest CDMA service provider, which was granted in-principle approval for GSM spectrum.

    GSM lobby Cellular Operators of India (COAI) has already appealed the decision to the telecom tribunal, describing it as “malafide” and non-transparent.

    COAI has alleged that the government announced the policy on November 19, a day after granting RCom in-principle. The Anil Ambani-controlled company then applied for GSM spectrum on November 19 and paid a licence fee of Rs 1,580 crore the same day.

    In their application to the RTI, GSM operators have also asked for notings on the files of the department of telecom (DoT) on these two crucial days.

    Confirming the development a senior member of the COAI said: "Yes, our members have filed RTI applications because we want to know the truth.”

    He added that the association has publicly stated that it is worried about the antecedents of many of the players who have applied for licences especially as they suspect some of them are fronts for existing telecom companies.

    Meanwhile, new applicants have asked the RTI offices for copies of the approval for fresh letters of intent.

    They have based their request on their understanding that Communications minister A Raja has already approved the issue of fresh letters of intent to all applicants who had filed their applications till September 25.

    Despite this, DoT has been sitting for over a month and has taken no action.

    The application has also asked for notings on the files made about all issues related to the issue of fresh letters of intent by the DoT officers concerned.

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    This is good sign of transparency.

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    It will be much better if Corporate Users of RTI should also be covered under RTI.
    Going by that, the people will have a way to deal with the telecom problems.
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    In this whole saga of Telecom privatisation, right from the time the first licenses were issued, till date, individuals have become multi millionaires (Not in Rupees but in US Dollar terms !).

    Just look at the tremendous opportunity, first Cellular Licenses, then Landline Licenses, then WLL Licenses (converted to Cellular and CDMA technology), then NLD licenses, then ILD licenses, then the Unified license, then 5th and 6th operator licences in each circle and now spectrum allocation AND more new licenses for circles !
    Oh, and I forgot to add somewhere in between, ISP licenses, Landing Station licenses, OFC cable Licenses, Submarine cable backbone licenses, DTH Licenses, Uplinking licenses, etc etc etc.....

    All in a period of last 10 years....

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    Please see below.

    Dear Karira,
    In this whole saga of Telecom privatisation, right from the time the first licenses were issued, till date, individuals have become multi millionaires. Think that how much money have been collected by the Govt in the name of Telecommunication. If you remember the Govt was allowing telephone connection on the cost of Rs.15000 to Rs. 30000.
    I want to tell here that the charges taken at present in the name of communication is very high and if there is proper managment of money and machine it will cost just 10% to present cost.
    Last edited by ganpat1956; 05-12-07 at 02:37 PM. Reason: multiple posts

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    RCom seeks spectrum info under RTI Act
    BS Reporter / New Delhi December 10, 2007


    Reliance Communications (RCom) has shot off as many as six letters under the Right to Information Act demanding for the notes made by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for granting spectrum in the 900 MHz band in West Bengal under the fourth license to operators such as Bharti and Vodafone-Essar.

    RCom points out that as per the entitlement, these operators were eligible for spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band only.

    The letters raise some key questions � basis for such allocation in the 900 MHz, at what level this decision was taken and was there any payment made by these operators etc.

    http://www.business-standard.com/ice...o=306990&tab=r

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