Telecom roundup: MVNOs can’t own spectrum, 3G CDMA Players will have to wait

TRAI has made it clear to MVNOs that they will not be allowed to own spectrum.

Globally, MVNOs purchase airtime on wholesale basis from mobile network operators (MNOs) and use it to provide services using their own brand. Following global practices, MVNOs entering India would be able to enter the mobile space without owning any infrastructure or spectrum.

As per TRAI’s definition “MVNO licensee is an entity that does not have an assignment of spectrum for access services (2G/3G/BWA) but can provide wireless (mobile) access services to customers by sharing the spectrum of the access provider.”[source]

No spectrum available for 3G CDMA Operations in some circles

Surely a bad news for CDMA operators  – dearth of spectrum in the 800 Mhz band, according to the internal Trai study – in circles such as Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Orissa – is likely to affect the expansion plans of existing CDMA operators like Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices (TTSL) and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), which had sought CDMA spectrum for expansion.

This also delays country’s 3G rollout plans [source]

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