Telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have opposed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendation of relicensing of additional bands for machine-to-machine (M2M) services. TRAI in its recommendations has suggested delicensing of 1 MHz of spectrum from 867-868 MHz frequencies and another six units from the 915-935 MHz range for M2M communication services. TRAI has further suggested that the government should consider using licence-exempt spectrum for a smooth roll-out of M2M services. The regulator has also suggested that all existing operators should be allowed to offer connectivity for M2M services. According to operators, there is no immediate need to delicense the V band that comprises airwaves in the 57-64 GHz range for M2M services as advocated by TRAI in its recommendations. The operators are of the view that premature delicensing of spectrum bands for M2M mobile services could prevent Indian telecom operators from leveraging the advantages of international harmonisation, especially since globally harmonised spectrum bands were best suited for such services. Bharti Airtel has opined that M2M services should be offered under a telecom licence and over licensed spectrum and offering it over unlicensed spectrum bands could create a non-level playing field and destabilise the whole spectrum licensing framework. Moreover, Vodafone India has stated that the use of licensed spectrum would ensure quality of M2M services and internet of things (IoT) applications. – 



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