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GSM lobby pulls out of spectrum review panel

The COAI alleges that the committee has a "predetermined mindset" and is ignoring all its suggestions.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2007 20:18 IST

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the GSM-based operators' lobby, on Friday pulled out of an official panel for reviewing spectrum allocation norms, alleging that the committee had a "predetermined mindset" and was ignoring all its suggestions.

"The Committee has either completely ignored our submissions or has cherry-picked our inputs and applied its own assumptions to arrive at incorrect conclusions without affording us any opportunity to refute the same," T V Ramachandran, the nominee of GSM players, said in a letter today to R Bandhopadhyay, chairman of the committee.

COAI's decision comes after Department of Telecom yesterday allowed rival CDMA player Reliance Communications to expand its GSM-based mobile services across the country.

Ramachandran, who is also the director-general of COAI, alleged the committee was working with a "predetermined mindset" and that their pleas were "falling on deaf ears".

He said till date there have been no deliberations among the committee members on the existing criteria of March 2006, inputs received from different stakeholders, and the concerns being voiced by the GSM industry.

"Ever since the constitution of the Committee, I have been repeatedly expressing my concerns as regards the rigid and hasty approach with which the Committee is approaching its mandate.

"Upon my expressing concern and disagreement with the approach of the committee, I have been told that I can put my views into a dissenting note," Ramachandran said.