In it's response to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on issues pertaining to the licensing of Mobile TV services in India, the Indian telecom regulator TRAI has suggested that there be 20 circles of operation for Mobile TV services in India, as opposed to the 22 circles of operation for mobile and broadband wireless services in India. For Mobile TV, Mumbai and Maharashtra are a part of the same circle, named after the latter, and Uttar Pradesh (East) and Uttar Pradesh (West) are being combined. No Agreement On Allocation Of Spectrum Not that it matters at this nascent a stage of discussions (the regulatory ping-pong has only just begun), and it's perhaps incorrect to portray a lack of agreement as a disagreement, but the decision on who gets first dibs at the UHF Band V (585 MHz-806 MHz) has been deferred for the time being. The I&B ministry wants certain slots to be allocated to Doordarshan, and the usage of spectrum for other services like Broadband Wireless Access and IMT should only be considered after Digital Terrestrial Television is taken care of. The TRAI, in response, says that the priority will have to be "considered appropriately keeping in view the requirement of both the sectors" and the convergence of platforms. Also Read: – On DDs Mobile TV Plans, Handsets Vs USB Devices – Doordarshan Seeks Revenue Sharing Model For Mobile TV; Rollout Plans, HDTV, Digitalization Eligibility & Licensing -- The I&B Ministry wants to consider a limit on the…
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