India invite bids for mobile TV licences

The Indian government has accepted the recommendations made by telecom regulator TRAI to hold a bidding process for issuing licences for offering mobile TV services. It has also been decided to allow operators to decide on the technology to be deployed for offering the service.

“The methodology for grant of licence through closed tender system on the basis of one-time entry fee quoted by the bidders should be broadly based on the bidding process followed for licensing of private FM radio stations. However, the reserve entry fee for a particular licence area should be 50 per cent of the highest financial bid submitted for the particular area,” stated a Government document.

Licences will be given State-wise and each player will get 8 Mhz spectrum in 585 Mhz and 806 Mhz frequency bands. The Government has also decided that Doordarshan, which is the only player to start mobile TV services, should be permitted to share infrastructure with private players on mutual agreement basis.

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