India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved a proposal to allocate 2100MHz spectrum to state-backed telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for 4G services, the Economic Times quotes BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava as saying. According to the official, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha is looking to fast-track the allocation process and has given the DoT 80 days to issue the authorisation. The operator has requested 2×5MHz in the 2100MHz band in all of its service areas except Rajasthan, where it plans to use frequencies in the 800MHz range. BSNL sought to pay for the new airwaves, valued at around INR138.9 billion (USD1.9 billion), through a INR66.5 billion equity infusion from the government, whilst the remaining cost would be paid via 16 annual instalments.
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