DoT in talks with defence for release of spectrum: Raja

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New Delhi, Sept 24 (UNI) Telecom Minister A Raja today said Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is in discussion with the Defence Ministry for releasing spectrum from the armed forces for civilian communication use.

''The talks are being held with the defence ministry for release of spectrum. The National Security Advisor is on the job. Probably by next month, we are going to meet,'' Mr Raja said on the sidelines of a telecom summit here.

The 1,800 and 900 MHz band, the most used spectrum band in mobile telephony, have been fully exhausted.

DoT expects the Defence Ministry to release at least 25-30 MHz of spectrum for 3G services. The original demand was for 45 MHz, which has now been scaled down to 25-30 MHz.

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