Precious Spectrum: Allocation Criteria, Cross-Over Technology and Level Playing Field*

            


Details


Case Code : CLMISC003
Publication date : 2008
Subject : Miscellaneous
Industry : Telecom
Length : 03 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

To download this case click on the button below, and select the case from the list of available cases:

Miscellaneous Short Case Studies
Miscellaneous Case Studies **
ICMR Case Collection
ICMR Courseware
View Detailed Pricing Info

Key words:

Regulatory, telecom, spectrum allocation, National Telecom Policy, cross-over technology, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI, GSM, CDMA, Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata

Note

* This caselet is intended for use only in class discussions.
** More comprehensive case studies are priced at Rs.200 to Rs.700 (US $5 to US $16) per copy.

 


Abstract:
ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India RSS Feed

In 2007, GSM mobile operators locked horns with CDMA-technology based service providers and new entrants in the telecom sector over the issue of additional spectrum allocation. Sector regulator TRAI favored opening up of the sector and adoption of higher subscriber-based norms for spectrum allocation. DoT granted permission to CDMA operators to join the GSM club through its dual technology policy, in the face of opposition and legal action by GSM operators.

Issues:

Regulatory environment
New policy
Legal

Introduction

On August 28, 2007, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended the opening up of the telecom sector to new players and issued revised subscriber-based criteria for fresh allocation of spectrum, the radio waves that permit mobile phone operators to provide wireless communication services.


With TRAI recommending a four- to six-fold increase in the existing subscriber base, GSM operators represented by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) reacted sharply, arguing that as stakeholders, the sector regulator should have to consult them before issuing fresh guidelines to the Government of India (GoI)...

Questions for Discussion:

1. How, according to you, are the changes in policies related to spectrum allocation and cross-over technology in 2007 expected to affect the existing players in the Indian telecom sector?
 
2. Do you think these changes would lead to competition and a level playing field for operators in this sector? Give reasons to support your answer.





Cases on related topics
1. The Hutchison Essar Acquisition: Vodafone's Foray into an Emerging Market
2. Birlas Buy Tata's Stake in "Idea Cellular"
4. Airtel - Positioning (And Repositioning)