BSNL seeks permission for CDMA Mobile Technology in India

BSNL Logo Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is seeking the Government’s permission to start mobile phone services using CDMA technology in India.

As of now the CDMA technology is being offered by few companies out of which Reliance Communications is one of them.

A. Raja, the IT and Communication Minister, has sought the permission from the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament. However, he said that the grant of permission has been challenged by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

The members of CAOI are made up of companies which offer service from global standard on mobile (GSM) telecom. CAOI has challenged this grunt in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.

Raja stated, ‘BSNL has submitted a request to the government recently, seeking permission to provide fully-mobile services using CDMA technology in addition to the GSM technology under the existing licenses in 21 states.’

In return to the reply, GSM operators have said that, they have been challenged since the use of dual technology spectrum for which the regulatory body had a set of recommendations.

According to the telecommunication norms, the two CDMA carriers of 1.25 MHz each have been allotted for each of the licensed telecom circles of BSNL for providing fixed and limited mobile service under basic service license.