In the two circles, the company is expecting to build capacity for offering 4G mobile internet and 2G voice call services by sharing their spectrum.
In a bid to improve spectral efficiency and quality of service, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the guidelines on spectrum sharing, arising from the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Spectrum sharing would be allowed only for the access service providers in the first instance in a Licensed Service Area (LSA), where both the licensees are having spectrum in the same band.
Leasing of spectrum will not be permitted. For the purpose of charging Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC), licensees shall be considered as sharing their entire spectrum holding in the particular band in the entire LSA.
Spectrum sharing allows operators to pool their respective spectrum for usage in a specific geographical area, thus complementing each other’s needs and ensuring more efficient utilisation of the spectrum.