GSMA Comments on Recommendation by Indian Regulator to Adopt APT Band Plan for 700MHz Spectrum

London: Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement regarding India’s decision to recommend the Asia Pacific (APT) band plan for the allocation of the 700MHz spectrum band to mobile:

“The GSMA welcomes yesterday’s decision by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to recommend the full 2x45MHz APT band plan for allocation of the 700MHz spectrum band to deliver mobile broadband services in the country. India’s decision follows the earlier adoption or active consideration of the APT band plan by many Asia Pacific countries including Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as by a number of markets in Latin America.

“The decision to allocate the 700MHz spectrum band, referred to as the Digital Dividend in many parts of the world, will be crucial for the delivery of universal mobile broadband access. It will bring a wealth of socio-economic benefits to the country as a whole and, in particular, to those in remote areas. One of India’s key goals remains the connection of the 800 million citizens who live in rural areas and the regulator’s recommendation represents a major step towards achieving this goal.

“As more countries in the Asia Pacific region follow India’s lead, greater regional harmonisation will drive economies of scale in the mobile handset market, reduce end user costs and enable Asian consumers to roam seamlessly throughout the region.”


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