Indian telecom companies are urging the government to auction spectrum for a new technology called direct-to-mobile (D2M) services. This technology allows broadcasting TV content directly to mobile phones, without relying on data plans.
Telcos are lobbying for an auction rather than administrative allocation of the D2M spectrum for several reasons:
- Fairness: An auction ensures all operators have an equal chance to acquire the valuable spectrum, preventing dominant players from gaining an unfair advantage.
- Flexibility: Spectrum acquired through an auction can be used for both mobile data and D2M broadcasting, allowing telcos to optimize their networks and offer seamless video experiences to customers.
- Optimal utilization: Auctions incentivize efficient use of the precious spectrum, maximizing benefit for consumers and the economy.
This push by telcos comes amid the government’s exploration of D2M services and consideration of reserving the 526-582 MHz spectrum band for it. Telcos argue that allocating this band, designated for mobile services by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), through an auction aligns with global best practices and fosters innovation.
In essence, the telcos are advocating for a level playing field in the emerging D2M space, promoting competition and efficient spectrum utilization for improved mobile experiences.