Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) has consistently maintained that the pricing of 800 Mhz spectrum at Rs 3646 crores per MHz, is way out of line and does not merit a strong business case for buying additional spectrum. The Company continues to maintain that such pricing does not take into account the realities of the prevailing ecosystem within the 800 Mhz band.
It may also be noted that SSTL has approached the TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Board) seeking direction against the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) for reassignment/rearrangement of the blocks/frequencies of liberalized spectrum allotted to SSTL during the auction held in March, 2013 in 8 circles for its CDMA services. SSTL has contended that the terms and conditions of the auction during March, 2013 permitted rearrangement of frequencies of liberalized spectrum with the other operators without any additional charge. However, since SSTL was the sole bidder during the said auction and there is no other successful operator for rearrangement of frequencies, it is incumbent upon DoT to rearrange/reassign the frequency to make the spectrum allotted to SSTL contiguous. SSTL has contended that allocation of spectrum in non-contiguous manner reduces the efficiency of spectrum and poses hindrance to the adoption of latest technologies by SSTL. The Hon’ble tribunal has admitted the petition and issued notice to the DoT. The matter is next listed for hearing on 18.02.2015.