Mobile TV may finally become a reality in the country, with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry today saying that it was in talks with telecom department "to locate adequate spectrum for mobile TV services."
"The Ministry has held a series of discussions with Department of Telecommunications "to locate adequate spectrum for mobile TV Services," the I&B ministry said in a report tabled in the Lok Sabha.
"Though a broad solution has been arrived at, certain issues such as relocating Defence Services from the spectrum identified for mobile TV are still to be completed," the ministry's statement added.
The ministry also said that it had requested the DoT to sort out these issues with the Defence Ministry.
The statement, which was tabled by Minister of State S Jagathrakshakan, is important as the ministry had earlier said that mobile TV could not take off in the country due to non-availability of adequate spectrum in UHF Band V (585-698 MHz), which is required for running these services.
Jagathrakshakan had tabled the action taken notes of the I&B ministry over the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Information and Technology.
The Standing Committee had in their earlier report asked the ministry to resolve all issues which hampered the launching of Mobile TV services by private players in India.