New Delhi, Jan 30 (Agencies): Welcoming Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's announcement of delinking spectrum from licence, Tata group firm Tata Teleservices (TTSL) on Sunday said the move would create a level-playing field for all operators.

"We compliment the telecom minister for his announcement, which we are sure is the first of many that will work toward ushering in a level-playing field in the industry," TTSL Executive President (Mobility Business) Deepak Gulati said in
a statement.

Telecom Minister on Saturday announced that spectrum would not come bundled with the licence as per the new telecom policy. The contract limit of spectrum has also been reduced to 4.4 Mhz for new operators, while for the old operators, the limit has been retained at 6.2 Mhz.

"We are confident that this will now end the delay that occurred earlier in the grant of 6.2 MHz spectrum, as also even start-up spectrum in key Circles like Delhi and many other districts, to players like TTSL," Gulati said.

To the decision that henceforth all spectrum, initial as well as additional, would be given at market driven price, Gulati said that operators, who have excess spectrum are charged for the same, preferably retrospectively, to bring all operators to a level-playing-field.

Following the level-playing field, the spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz and up to the limits
specified by TRAI in May 2010 could be charged by DoT in line with the telecom regulator's recommendations, he added.