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DoT sticks to stern view on 3G roaming

But the telecom secretary,R Chandrashekhar,said,“We have received inputs from all concerned agencies. All of them suggest that this is not permissible.”

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi |
December 10, 2011 12:45:25 am

The Department of Telecommunications on Friday reiterated that it would not allow roaming agreements that allowed operators to provide third-generation mobile services in areas where they did not hold 3G spectrum.

Newspaper reports had said that the DoT was considering permitting the deals provided that the parties paid higher licence fees as a proportion of their revenues.

But the telecom secretary,R Chandrashekhar,said,“We have received inputs from all concerned agencies. All of them suggest that this is not permissible.”

He also said the government would enforce its stated position. “We will take whatever action we need to take.”

However,the government will formulate its final view when the telecom minister,Kapil Sibal,gives his assent.

Chandrashekhar told reporters after a meeting of the Telecom Commission that the body had finished most of its discussion on suggestions by the telecom regulator on mergers and acquisitions and spectrum allocation in the industry. “Today the commission held its third meeting on the recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). It has concluded its consideration except one or two minor points.

The commission will meet again next week before deciding whether the government should accept the proposals. Last month,Trai said it would allow stop carriers from merging only if their combined market share exceeded 60 per cent.

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