Available spectrum very scarce in India, less than half of China, says TRAI boss
Spectrum is really an issue in the Indian telecom market. Now the issue has been taken up by none other than the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
In a welcome development Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Rahul Khullar has said that India lacks spectrum and that less than half spectrum is available compared to advanced nations.
Rahul Khullar went on to add that availability of spectrum or airwaves in this South Asian giant is actually less than 40 per cent as compared to average European nations.
While talking at TRAIâ€™s outreach program, Khullar said, â€œIf you compare country in Europe or rest of the world which are similar in size to Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh… actually the spectrum availability is less than 40 per cent of what is available in the rest of the world, that is our one big problemâ€¦so what we need to ask ourselves as citizens is – are we going to thrive and live with same amount of spectrum that we lived 20 years ago when there were hardly any connections and now when there are nine hundred million? And if you don’t increase the supply of spectrum, sorry the quality of service just cannot be delivered…”
Leave aside European nations, Khullar said that China had double spectrum than India. â€œ3G spectrum as you will recall in 2010 auction when it was sold there was nobody who could buy spectrum all over the country…I think except BSNL….they got it in very small amountsâ€¦what has happened in the last six, seven years is people have got used to 2G, suddenly everybody is moving to 3G because it is faster, you get videos, you get all sorts of things and as Internet gets more quicker. So what is happening is, the pressure on the limited quantity of spectrum has increased enormouslyâ€, he went on to say.