4G services: Govt to allocate airwaves in 700 MHz band
NEW DELHI: The government will allocate airwaves in the 700 MHz band for offering fourth-generation or 4G telecom services, an empowered group of ministers said on Monday. Telecom minister Kapil Sibal, one of the ministers in the group, said that three of four issues, which were related to the 700 Mhz band, had been resolved.
Sibal said that the information and broadcasting ministry that had earlier claimed this band for digital transmission had agreed to vacate the 700 Mhz band. This band is considered to be very efficient and may fetch the government more revenues than the amount received by 3G auctions - Rs 67,000 crore - in 2010, the minister added.
The EGoM headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met to discuss the vacation of airwaves in the 1,700 Mhz to 2,000 Mhz band, by the defence forces among other issues.
"Then there were some issues relating to 1,700 Mhz to 2,000 Mhz band. We have had a full discussion and hopefully it will be resolved next week," Sibal said indicating that the EGoM will meet again next week.
The telecoms department or DoT has been pushing the ministry of defence to give 230 MhZ and retain 70 MhZ in the civilian areas to operate sophisticated equipment and allot 300 Mhz in urban areas.
However, the ministry of defence had shown interest to give 150 Mhz to DoT and retain the rest of the 300 Mhz.
This band of airwaves can be used for third-generation or 3G services, 4G services and CDMA technology.
The defence and telecom ministries had signed an MoU where the former had agreed to vacate 25 MHz of 3G spectrum and 20 MHz of 2G in phases and the latter would create an optical fibre based network dedicated for the use of the armed forces. But this project did not take of off due to lack of funds.