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Spectrum for Mobile TV should be set aside: IPTV Forum
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The IPTV Forum has written to Mr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister, seeking allocation of spectrum for offering Mobile TV services.

The move follows a letter from the CDMA-based telecom players urging that the spectrum set aside for Mobile TV may be allocated for offering fourth generation (4G) services.

The oppostion

The Association of Unified Service Providers of India (AUSPI) had written to Mr Pitroda saying that Mobile TV is an outdated technology and would lead to wastage of resources.

The defence

In response, the IPTV Forum has said, “Mobile TV has been hugely successful wherever deployed. It is very well suited to geographies with large and dense population.

“There is also a general agreement that slots in the 585-698 MHz be identified. In fact this is the time when a push from you is needed to quickly identify some slots for Mobile TV and carry out auction of spectrum,” said the letter from Mr Anil Prakash, Secretary General, IPTV India Forum.

‘Outdated tech'

The AUSPI had earlier said, “Mobile TV is an outdated technology that allows operators to offer multiple channels through a mobile phone. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has set aside about 24 MHz of spectrum for this.

“Offering so much spectrum for a relatively unproven service lack merits in the current scenario when 3G auctions have hit a road block due to spectrum shortage.”

Mobile TV allows subscriber to get TV channels on handset devices and the Government is in the process of finalising the policy for introducing the service.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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