TDSAT to TRAI: Formulate rule for uninterrupted use of spectrum

The telecom tribunal TDSAT has directed sectoral regulator TRAI to take measures to stop cable TV operators from interfering in CDMA mobile transmission signals.

Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 22:07 PM IST

New Delhi: The telecom tribunal TDSAT has directed sectoral regulator TRAI to take measures to stop cable TV operators from interfering in CDMA mobile transmission signals.

A bench of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, headed by its chairman Justice S B Sinha directed TRAI to formulate regulation after consulting all the stakeholders.
"We would request TRAI to frame regulations in this behalf, after obtaining comments/suggestions from all the stakeholders during the consultation process," the tribunal said.

Meanwhile, the tribunal also directed officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take appropriate action against cable TV operators whose radio frequency leakage was found to be beyond specified limits and interfered with CDMA waves.

TDSAT`s direction came over a petition filed by Tata Teleservices, seeking direction from the government and TRAI to stop local cable operators from penetrating in CDMA
frequency allocated to it.
The telecom firm contended that the major cause for leakage of radio frequency was the poor quality of amplifiers, improperly installed on poles or rooftops. The firm further contended the leaking signal from such amplifiers were interfering in the CDMA network as these signals could be picked-up by nearby BTS Towers, used for CDMA network.

The Tata teleservices said such interference by the cable TV operators resulted in call drops and deteriorating network performance.

PTI