New licences as per existing telecom policy: A. Raja

The Union Communication and Information Technology Minister A. Raja stated that the new telecom policies would be issued as per the existing telecom policy, which will not put any restriction on the number of operators.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had already received 575 applications from more than 45 applicants seeking new licenses. However, the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI), representing GSM operators, had been opposing the move to grant new licences without addressing the issue of spectrum availability. The government had accepted the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which had increased subscriber base for allocating additional spectrum.