Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, has asked the Department of Telecom to reconfigure airwave frequencies allotted in seven blocks in the northeast to help the company to deploy 4G technology efficiently. Also Read - Reliance Jio introduces chatbot to answer questions regarding its 5G phone, laptop and more
“…reconfiguration of these seven blocks (won by the company in the February auction) in continuation in a single set will enable us to use these blocks in efficient manner by deployment of LTE technology,” RJio said in a letter to DoT.
RJio won 32 blocks of airwave frequencies amounting to over 6MHz of spectrum in the northeastern states for Rs 44.8 crore. Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Aircel also have spectrum in the 1,800MHz band in the northeast service area.
RJio has requested DoT to swap the scattered frequencies assigned to the company with unsold spectrum in the region.
The company cited a DoT point in the notice inviting applications for the spectrum auction, which said companies would be provided contiguous blocks of airwaves, subject to availability.
DoT auctioned 125 blocks of spectrum in the 1,800MHz band in the northeast, out of which 101 blocks were won by all four bidders and 24 were unsold.