: The CDMA Development Group has filed comments with the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (TRAI) recommending that the PCS1900 spectrum be
allocated to CDMA operators to ensure that CDMA is allowed to co-exist
and compete on a fair basis with other wireless standards in India.
commends India for its leadership in adopting policies that promote
the use of wireless technologies in expanding the reach of telecommunication
services and implementing advanced services in the market,”
said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group.
“With the introduction of the Unified License, CDMA has thrived
in India and has greatly contributed to the expansion of wireless
services in the past year. We hope that TRAI will continue to promote
policies that embrace the concepts of technology neutrality and spectrum
flexibility to ensure the long-term growth of mobile services in India.”
As of July 2004,
CDMA technology served more than 10 million subscribers across India.
CDMA services have created competition, lowered tariffs and allowed
many citizens access to communication services for the first time.
However, the spectrum allocated to CDMA operators in the regions is
roughly half of that allocated to other technologies and is not enough
to support even the minimum capacity projections required over the
next two years for voice services only.
As no additional
spectrum available in 800 MHz remains to accommodate CDMA operators,
PCS1900 spectrum should be made available to them. CDMA 1900 MHz systems
are deployed in nearly 60 markets worldwide, and large markets like
North America and Latin America have CDMA systems that operate in
both the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, in many cases by the same operator.
As such, the infrastructure and handsets supporting both bands are
widely available and would allow Indian operators a seamless integration
path for their existing 800 MHz infrastructure, as well as the benefit
from economies of scale to deploy integrated 800MHz/1900MHz services
Spectrum in the
1800 MHz band is not a viable option for CDMA carriers in India. There
are no CDMA systems operating in this band, nor are there dual band
handsets or network equipment available for both the 800 MHz and 1800
MHz bands. Indian operators would have to wait years before the appropriate
systems and devices were available to offer service, and even then
they would be uniquely developed for the Indian region and therefore
that allow for co-existence of multiple technologies and in-band migration
to 3G services have resulted in rapid growth in mobile penetration
and faster deployment of advanced wireless services in many markets
across the world, including Asia, Latin America and North America,”
said LaForge. “The CDG urges TRAI to ensure that enough spectrum
is available to all carriers to support growth and stimulate continued
innovation and competition. The CDG strongly believes that it is essential
that spectrum in the 1900 MHz band be allocated to CDMA operators
to ensure that they participate in and contribute to the development
of the wireless market in India.”