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Telecom spectrum policy should be fair: PM

Manmohan Singh says the policy regime to allocate radio frequencies, which is the lifeline of any telecom operator, should be done in a fair, transparent and equitable manner.

business Updated: Dec 12, 2007 11:36 IST

The policy regime to allocate radio frequencies or spectrum, which is the lifeline of any telecom operator, should be done in a fair, transparent and equitable manner, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday.

"The policy regime for making spectrum available should be fair, transparent, equitable and forward looking. It should not create entry barriers to newcomers or barriers to the continued growth of the sector," Manmohan Singh said while inaugurating the Indian Telecom 2007 in New Delhi.

The Indian telecommunications industry has been divided into two groups over the contentious spectrum issue.

Operators who provide services under the GSM technology demand that they should be given the scarce resource first for rolling out their services into the country's hinterlands.

CDMA technology of mobile telephony operators, on the other hand, are fighting for equal treatment at par with the GSM players.