The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has come out with a statement stating that telecom operators believe that there is no longer an immediate need for additional spectrum.
Rajan S Mathews, director general, COAI, said, “Over the past few days, the industry, in concert with actions coordinated with the DoT, has seen a flattening of traffic demand on member’s networks. Some of these actions relate to streaming services reducing their content from HD to SD, local municipalities working with Operators to bring sealed towers back on line, some redistribution of traffic on the network, among other things. As a result, operators believe there is no present need to request for any additional spectrum.”
“Based on the present condition of member networks, we believe there is no such present need and operators remain confident the steps they have taken presently can maintain the relatability and quality of their networks and services,” he added.
Earlier the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked telecom operators to provide details of the amount of spectrum required in each circle temporarily to the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC).