CDG Press Releases
CDMA DEVLOPMENT GROUP REACTS TO THE DOT GUIDELINES ON SPECTRUM AUCTION FOR 3G SERVICES IN INDIA
New Delhi — August 5, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) welcomes DOT’s announcement of the Spectrum Guidelines for 3G services. CDG particularly congratulates the DOT for opening up the IMT-2000 recognized bands of 450 MHz and 1900 MHz bands for 3G services in addition to the 2100 MHz band. CDG notes though that no spectrum is currently available in the 450 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, and trusts that they will soon be made available for bidding to maintain a level playing field with GSM operators. This would add the necessary impetus to take telecom growth in the country to the next level. In the interim, allowing 2 x 1.25 MHz 3G spectrum in the 800 MHz frequency band for the CDMA operators is a welcome first step toward that goal.
The CDG agrees with the recommended principles of using spectrum efficiently, ensuring technology and service neutrality, and establishing a level playing field through auctioning with a reserve price for allocation of 3G spectrum.
“The CDG is pleased to see the new spectrum guidelines for 3G services in India and emphasizes that CDMA2000 will continue to play an important role in the expansion of telephony and Internet penetration in India,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group. “We urge the Indian government to continue to stimulate innovation, competition and further investments by bringing balance and fairness to the allocation of its national telecommunications resources.”
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