Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has asked for permission from the Government of India to start mobile phone services using CDMA technology in the country. Currently, firms such as Reliance Communications offer handsets that use CDMA technology.
IT and Communications Minister A.Raja sent this information to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) He said that the grant of permission has been challenged by the Cellular Operators Associations of India (COAI).
The members of the Cellular Operators Associations of India (COAI) comprise companies that offers services based on global standard on mobile (GSM) telecom.
However, it has been deduced that COAI has challenged the request at the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.
“BSNL has submitted a request to the government recently, seeking permission to provide full mobile services using CDMA technology in addition to the GSM technology under the existing licenses in 21 states,” said Raja.
He confirmed in a written reply that the GSM operators have challenged this, since it pertains to the use of dual technology spectrum, for which the regulatory body has a set of recommendations.
As per the department of telecommunications norms, two CDMA carriers of 1.25Mhz each have been allotted for each of the licensed telecom circles of BSNL for providing fixed and limited mobile service under basic service license.