India’s Economic Times is reporting that the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has opened discussions with the government regarding the auctioning of frequencies in the 450MHZ band. The 3G policy implemented by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) restricts CDMA-based operators to a single frequency band – 800MHz – in the upcoming 3G auctions, and the CDG is believed to have asked the government to reconsider that decision; the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had originally recommended CDMA operators be awarded 3G spectrum in the 800MHz, 1900MHz and 450MHz bands. James Person, CDG’s chief operating officer, noted, ‘We are in talks with the Indian government on this issue. As far as we are given to understand, radio frequencies in the 450MHz may be available within the next couple of months.’
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