CMD BSNL has requested the government for allotment of 700 Mhz for providing 4G services. This is a good proposal and if granted will help BSNL in a good way.

In fact, during my meeting with both Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and Shri J.S.Deepak, Secretary, DOT recently, I have made the proposal to both. Since the private telcos have not bid for 700 Mhz on the plea of high base price, the same can be allotted to BSNL free or by payment in instalments. While CMD BSNL appreciated the proposal, Secretary DOT did not respond either way.

The proposal of the CMD should be well taken by the government and the 700 Mhz spectrum allotted free or as equity or as loan without interest and to be repaid in instalments. This will also create a situation where the private companies will bid for the spectrum and the government will get additional funds.