Two’s Company : TDSAT’s Dual Spectrum Judgment

On 31st March, 2009 the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) pronounced judgment in the case of the Cellular Operators Association of India & Others v. Union of India and Others (Petition No. 286/2007). This case was popularly known as the dual spectrum allocation case and involved the allocation of spectrum to CDMA operators (principally Reliance Telecommunications) who opted to also offer cellular services under GSM technology. Though the decision is presently impugned before the Supreme Court, the decision provides a deep insight into the direction in which the TDSAT is steering telecommunications law for next 5-10 years.

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