Telecom Roundup: Videocon to roll out telecom service in Chennai, DoT-TRAI differ over dual-tech rollout

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Videocon is all set to launch it’s telecom offering in Chennai and is likely in talks with middle-east partner for partnership. Videocon will take the CDMA route and is expected to go live on August 15th.

The service will be first rolled out in Chennai and will then be extended to other states like Kerela, Orissa, Bihar etc.

DoT TRAI’s difference over Dual Tech rollout

DoT and TRAI seems to add to the list of issues they have different opinion on – right from mobile number portability, 3G spectrum allocation and access deficit charges (ADCs) to the latest one – i.e. Dual technology players.

The government

had earlier permitted CDMA majors Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications (RCom) to provide GSM services under a dual-technology initiative. They were also allotted spectrum in certain circles.

However, Trai wrote to the DoT that "contingent" rollout obligations should be applicable to dual-technology service providers. The rollout obligations state that the company should cover 10 per cent district headquarters in the first year of operations and 50 per cent within three years.

Industry sources say this has put the DoT in a dilemma as additional rollout obligations will be applicable for the same circles where dual-technology service providers — Tata Teleservices and RCom — have fulfilled their earlier rollout obligations. – source

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