BSNL and MTNL Managements and workers are in real danger. A move has already started with the private telecom companies demanding for the auction of the 900 MHZ spectrum allotted to the BSNL and MTNL during 1996 to 2000. The TRAI has also demanded that more spectrum should be auctioned echoing the demands of the private companies.
900 MHZ spectrum is the most valuable spectrum and is in much demand by the telecom companies. This spectrum was allotted to the private companies during the 1995 – 96 period for 20 years.By 2015, the auction period will be over. Auction is scheduled to be held in 2015,but there are not sufficient spectrum as required by the telcos. Hence they are looking to grab the spectrum of the BSNL and MTNL. The private companies are demanding that these spectrum is to be vacated by BSNL and MTNL and are to be auctioned. It is true that some surplus spectrum is with BSNL, MTNL but it is required for future expansion. Once vacated, BSNL and MTNL will never be able to purchase it back in auction due to the bad financial position of these PSUs.
BSNL and MTNL Management should take strong position and demand the government not to succumb to the pressures of the TRAI and private companies and take away the existing spectrum from the PSUs.