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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1004
TO BE ANSWERED ON 4TH MARCH, 2011
Availability of 2G Band Spectrum

 

1004 SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
WILL the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a)    the current availability of spectrum with regards to all 2 0 bands per circle;

(b)    whether Government has announced on 29 January, 2011 that more spectrum will be made available to the UASL operators;

(c)    if so, from where Government proposes to acquire this additional 2G spectrum; and

(d)    by when Government plans to hold auctions for such spectrum?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND
INF'ORMAT1ON TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI SACH1N PILOT)

 

(a)   The current avilability of 2G spectrum is given in the Annexure.

(b)   Yes, Sir.

(c)  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department of Telecom has been signed on 22.05,2009 to ensure time bound vacation of spectrum by MOD and implementation of other related issues. Spectrum vacated by MOD will be made available for telecom service providers. So far MOD has released 10 MHz of 2G spectrum.

(d)  Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its recommendations made on 8th February, 2011 on "Spectrum Pricing" mentioned the possibility of auction of the surplus spectrum. These recommendations are under consideration of the Government.

 

Annexure

Availability of GSM Spectrum after release of 10 MHz spectrum by Ministry Of Defence

Si. No.          

 

Service Area

Availability of 2G spectrum based on internal assessment (in MHz)

900 MHz

1800MHz

1

Delhi

NIL

11.6

2

Mumbai

NIL

5

3

Kolkata

NIL

23

4

Maharashtra

NIL

6

5

Gujarat

NIL

4.4

6

A.P

NIL

15

7

Karnataka

NIL

11.8

8

Tamilnadu incl. CNI

NIL

25.4

9

Kerala

NIL

28

10

Punjab

NIL

1.4

11

Haryana

NIL

4.4

12

UP(West)

NIL

8.2

13

UP(E)

NIL

NIL

14

Rajasthan

NIL

3.2

15

M.P

NIL

18

16

West Bengal

NIL

4

17

HP

NIL

6.4

18

Bihar

NIL

NIL

19

Orissa

NIL

18

20

Assam

NIL

3.8

21

NE

NIL

7

22

J & K

NIL

6.4

Spectrum Allocated to operators using CDMA based systems in different service areas as on 31.01.2011 and availability

Spectrum Allocated to operators using COMA based systems in different service areas as on 03.03.2011 and avai!ability

 

S. No.CircleAvailable spectrum in CDMA 800 MHz band (Paired) in MHz

1

Delhi Metro

1.25+1.25 MHz(1 carrier)

2

Mumbai Metro

2.5+2.5 MHz(2 Carriers)

3

Kolkata Metro

2.5+2.5 MHz(2 carriers)

4

Chennai Metro

3.75+3.75 MHz (3 carriers)

5

Andhra Pradesh

2.5+2.5 MHz(2 carriers)

6

Assam

7.5 + 7.5MHz(6 carriers)

7

Bihar

3.75+3.75 MHz(3 carriers)

8

Gujarat

5.0 + 5.0 MHz(4 carriers)

9

Haryana

5.0 + 5.0 MHz(4 carriers)

10

Himachal Pradesh

7.5 + 7.5MHz(6 carriers)

11

Jammu & Kashmir

5.0 + 5.0 MHz(4 carriers)

12

Karnataka

2.5+2.5 MHz(2 carriers)

13

Kerala

2.5+2.5 MHz(2 carriers)

14

Madhya Pradesh

3.75+3.75 MHz(3 carriers)

15 -

Maharashtra

2.5+2.5MHz(2 carriers)

16

NE Region

7.5 + 7.5MHz(6 carriers)

17

Orissa

6.25+6.25 MHz(5 carriers)

18

Punjab1.25+1.25 MHz(1 carrier)

19

Rajasthan

NIL

20

Tamil Nadu

5.0 + 5.0 MHz(4 carriers)

21

UP (E)

3.75+3.75 MHz(3 carriers)

22

UP (W)

3.75+3.75 MHz(3 carriers)

23

West Bengal

6.25+6.25 MHz(5 carders)

P.S. - Availability of CDMA carriers are subject to no Inter-Operator guard band being unharmonised carriers