New Delhi : Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission has in-principle approved Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) views on determining spectrum holding limits and sought suggestions from the sector regulator to implement it in future auctions, a government official told PTI.

The spectrum cap, the limit of radiowaves a telecom operator can hold for providing wireless services, is 50% in a spectrum band identified fit for transmitting mobile signals and 25% of the total such spectrum assigned in a telecom circle.

According to telecom sector experts, Trai’s rules will improve other operator’s ability to buy more spectrum which will lead to not only decongesting networks but also help in facilitating much-needed market consolidation.

As per an expert, if Trai’s views are implemented then it will enable Bharti Airtel acquire an additional 5 MHz of spectrum in Delhi in either 1800 or 2100 MHz band– both these can be used for 4G services.

The regulator definition will also help Airtel buy additional spectrum for mobile internet services in nine more telecom circles.  The expert said that Vodafone will be able to acquire more spectrum through trading in Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Mumbai. It will also help Idea buy more blocks spectrum through trading in 7 of the 22 circles which include Delhi, Gujarat, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Talking about Reliance Jio Infocomm, the expert said that “DoT’s existing rules itself provides RJIL with enough room to buy additional spectrum.”

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Will resolve call drop problem soon: Vodafone

Unhappy over its own service standards, Vodafone India has said it will resolve the call drop problem at the earliest to provide best experience to its customers.  The company said it is working on a war footing to improve the network and add more sites.  Across the country, Vodafone has added 7,000 sites in the last six months, Managing Director and CEO Sunil Sood told PTI.  Trai had last month mandated that telcos should compensate users from January at the rate of Re 1 per dropped call, with a ceiling of three dropped calls per day.

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