HC Reserves order in spectrum issue

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New Delhi, Feb 28 (UNI) The Delhi High court today reserved its order on a petition filed by GSM operators challenging the central government's decision to allow use of cross over technology in mobile telephone system and allocate radio spectrum required for wireless communications.

Justice Gita Mittal, after hearing the arguments from the petitioners and defendents for more than eight hearings, reseved its order.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) had requested the court to quash the department of Telecommunication's October 18 and 19, 2007 decisions, which allowed the use of dual technology and acceptance of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's recommendation for adoption of an enhanced subscriber-linked criteria for allocation of additional radio waves.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on December 12 had refused to stay the allocation of spectrum.

COAI has also challenged TDSAT's order before the Delhi High Court.

COAI had accused the government of favouring Reliance Company and setting new norms without considering those which were in the industry for numerous years.

Under the cross over technology, CDMA companies like Reliance communications and Tata Teleservices can offer GSM services under the same licence.


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