DoT Rejects Defence Plea for Airwaves

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The Department of Telecom (DoT) has rejected Defence Ministry’s request for pan-India allocation of airwaves in the efficient 900-MHZ band.

It had already allotted spectrum to telecom operator MTNL and Railways. The Defence Ministry had demanded pan-India allocation of 2.4 units or MHZ in the 900 MHZ frequency band and another 1.2 units in Delhi for Army’s requirement.

DoT had already allotted 15 MHz in the 700-800 band, 20 Mhz in 2,300-2,400 band and 150 Mhz in 1,700-2,000.

DoT has rejected the plea stating that Defence Ministry had not projected its requirement for 900 Mhz band. Hence airwaves have been allotted commercially to other telecom services.

However Wireless Planning Cell (WPC) is identifying ways to release 12 units of 900 Mhz spectrum for defence purposes in the country.

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