News: MNP by June (?), BSNL WiMAX Blues, 3G Auction Update

The government has directed mobile operators to stick to the June 30 deadline for launching mobile number portability (MNP) and made it clear that there would be no further extension. Though BSNL and MTNL are not yet ready for the implementation, expect this to delay by a few more months.

3G Auction Crosses 10,500 Crore mark

Bid price for 3G Auction has touched Rs. 10,749 Crore. Mumbai leads the race with Rs. 1,816.54 Crore, followed by Delhi (Rs. 1,816.54 Crore).[pdf].


Ministry of Defence has objected to the allocation of spectrum to the PSU. In a communication to the Department of Telecom, the Defence Ministry has said that BSNL’s broadband services will cause interference to the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) being used by the armed forces.

Studies carried out by the expert group constituted by the DoT have indicated that unacceptable interference will be experienced by Defence MMS system due to spill over of operation of broadband wireless access equipment. The Defence downlink would be severely affected as the space to earth signals is very low power. The DoT is requested to desist from opening up the band for commercial services as also review the allocation made to MTNL/BSNL for roll out of BWA services,” stated a letter from Ministry of Defence to the DoT. Earlier, the Department of Space (DoS) had also raised objections to the use of 2.5 Ghz band for broadband wireless access (BWA) services. – source

BSNL has been given 20 Mhz spectrum in the 2.5 Ghz band, close to air waves used for defence satellite communication.

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On a lighter note, Sachin Tendulkar has joined Twitter and has a typical web1.0 twitter handle (@sachin_rt).

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