New Delhi, Jan 5 The Telecom Ministry expects the Defence to release in three months 150 Mhz of spectrum in 1700-2000 Mhz bands that can be used for all type of mobile services, including 3G and 4G.”The DoT expects to complete Phase I of spectrum harmonisation in three months. This will free at least 150 Mhz of airwaves for mobile services in 1700-2000 Mhz band,” an official source told . (ALSO READ: Customs arrest two individuals with 2 Kg gold at IGI)Also Read - Indian Army Recruitment 2021: Application for 100 Soldier General Duty Posts In Women Military Police Released
As the Phase I of spectrum harmonisation covers six-seven telecom circles for 1700-2000 Mhz bands, the 150 Mhz quantum of radiowaves would be available in those areas initially.The release of 150 Mhz of spectrum by the Defence to DoT is pending since 2009.The Cabinet in January 2015, resolved the spectrum tussle between DoT and the Defence by approving a harmonisation plan. Also Read - Indian Army Ramps Up COVID-19 Efforts With More Beds, Medical Advice Helpline
Under the plan, government earmarked bands for exclusive use of security establishment while making available the remaining radiowaves for commercial use in areas like telecom and broadcasting.Under the harmonisation process, all ministries were required to identify spectrum as per their use and timeline by when they can vacate the excess spectrum by January 2016.DoT and the Defence Ministry had signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 to get some spectrum freed from the latter for commercial mobile telephony services. Also Read - Explained: New Air Independent Propulsion System For Submarines Is A Significant Milestone For Navy
As part of the MoU, Defence had agreed to vacate 150 Mhz out of 300 Mhz that it holds in the frequency bands ranging from 1700 Mhz to 2000 Mhz. This band includes frequencies that can be used for transmitting 2G, 3G and 4G mobile signals. In return, DoT had committed to set up an exclusive defence network for its communication services.