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Spectrum issue to be sorted out soon: Antony

india Updated: Aug 25, 2007 19:24 IST

The imbroglio over the reallocation of the wireless spectrum for communication services would be resolved soon, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Saturday.

"I am hopeful that the issue would be sorted out soon. After all, we belong to the same government," he told reporters on the sidelines of an air force event.

According to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), as much as 60 mega hertz (MHz) of spectrum is under the control of the defence ministry and not being utilised at all. It has asked for 42.5 MHz for itself for the use of mobile phone service operators.

However, the defence ministry has claimed that it wants the spectrum for growth plans of its forces.

With India adding over six to seven million mobile subscribers a month making it one of the world's fastest growing mobile telephony markets, operators are fighting it out for space in the spectrum to develop their services and roll out them in rural areas.