New Delhi: The differences amongst the telecom companies, particularly those involved in 2G spectrum scam, is posing problems for the Central government. Worried over this steep war, specially, between big service providers of CDMA and GSM, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal asked them to soon sink their differences as it could adversely impact growth of the sector.

Sibal, during his meeting with various telecom operators, discussed in detail issues ranging from spectrum sharing, merger and acquisition, annual spectrum usage charge and rising disputes among the telecom firms.

"Range of issues were on the table basically as you know that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had given its recommendations way back in May last year and then its latest recommendations on spectrum management in February 2011.

"I have urged the stakeholders that the captains of the industry must get together and iron out the differences among themselves because no industry can be robust if it is fractious," Sibal told reporters here.

The minister held consultations with stakeholders to evolve a clear and transparent regime covering licensing, spectrum allocation and other issues in the telecom sector.

"By the end of this month, Minister has asked to give our recommendations to sort out differences existing in the industry," Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
Director Rajan S Mathew said.

The recommendations given by TRAI on spectrum management and licensing framework which earned criticism from most of leading telecom players was the centre of deliberations at the conference.

"Now these issues will be taken to the Telecom Commission and later the government will take a decision on them. I have a 100 day agenda and I keep my 100 day agenda," Sibal added.

At the beginning of this year, Sibal had initiated action to formulate comprehensive National Telecom Policy 2011 under his 100 days agenda.

Supporting the Minister's views Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor said, "There needs to be a level playing field and that is what matters and that is what we as operators are demanding".

During the conference, Sibal discussed delinking of spectrum from licensing of access service in future and renewal of licences, among other things.

JPN/Agencies