The highest decision making body of the telecom ministry also approved another consumer benefiting initiative of creating a telecom Ombudsman under Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Trai chairman RS Sharma said that the auction of these bands was just not feasible since they were not used for carrying signals to mobile phones.
Oppo's sub-brand will take Xiaomi head on, with phones priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000, the growing mid-segment that generates good volumes and revenue.
The top five smartphone brands — Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Huawei — currently control over 72% of the market against 63% in 2015, albeit with a different brand combination.
The DoT may look at a method of allocating the airwaves in these bands for a fixed fee, following the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) from 2014.
The sub-brand will take Xiaomi head on, with the devices priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000, the growing mid-segment that generates good volumes and revenue.
The trend shows that consumers will spend more on higher-priced phones, not only in the mid segment but also in the premium segment, where players such as Apple and Samsung have launched top-end devices.
COAI said that as licensees, the companies were bound by the conditions in the license to obey all reasonable rules issued by the telecom department.
DoT had refused to grant an extension to the struggling carrier, which shut down its voice services last year, to pay the instalment due for spectrum auctioned in 2013 and 2015.
In an interim ruling, the tribunal also barred the watchdog from imposing any penalty on telcos for violating the new rules on reporting tariff plans, including offers to select subscribers, until further orders.
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