Telecom panel meet inconclusive, to meet again on Nov 26, 30

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New Delhi, Nov 16 (UNI) The telecom panel which met here today to formulate new spectrum allocation criteria norms remained inconclusive and will meet again on November 26 and 30.

The new committee set up had been assigned to review the recent report of the Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), which had proposed tightening of existing norms by 7 - 14 times.

''The meeting remained inconclusive and we are going to meet again on November 26 and 30 to discuss the issue,'' GSM-lobby Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director General T V Ramachandran told reporters here.

The committee is being headed by Mr R Bandopadhyay, additional secretary, telecom. The other members are Mr P K Garg (wireless advisor, telecom ministry), Mr Vijay Madan (executive director, C-DOT), Mr Bhaskar Ramamurthy (IIT-Chennai), Mr Ajitkumar Chathurvedi (IIT-Kanpur) and Mr A K Srivastava (DoT).

A representative each from the COAI and Association of Unified Service Providers of India (CDMA body) is also in the committee.

Meanwhile, the telecom tribunal TDSAT has directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) not to issue fresh letters of intent (LoIs) for spectrum allocation till December 12, the next date of hearing on a petition filed by COAI.

UNI

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