RCom link issue continues

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is committed to launch 3G services, spectrum allocation and pricing on stipulated time frame. The much-awaited services are expected to be launched by mid September. The ministry for telecom may consult with finance ministry for further discussion on price issue and 3G spectrum allocations.

Meanwhile, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ruled out any change in its earlier decision on offering links to Reliance Communication. However, the GSM operators are demanding fresh negotiation on the commercial grounds. TRAI had earlier asked all GSM players to provide links to GSM network of Reliance Communication.

RCom has recently decided to launch GSM services in New Delhi and some other parts of the country. If the interconnections are not provided by the GSM operators, the Reliance subscribers will not able to access the mobile network efficiently.

Following the concerns of Relience, the telecom body has issued notices to Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular and BSNL to provide links to RCom.
The Cellular Operators Association of India has termed the decision of TRAI as unfortunate and inconsistent.

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