Bose said operators could run LTE services in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, providing they receive permission from the regulator. The operators should buy more spectrum in the 3G auction to offer 4G services to subscribers, as 5 MHz would not be enough for the service, he said.
In its guideline, the regular has kept the option for LTE services. If any operator shows an interest in offering LTE services, it does not need to apply for a licence again, as the 3G licence will permit it to provide 4G services.
The guideline is to be termed as 'Cellular Mobile Phone Services (3G/4G/LTE) Regulatory and Licensing Guidelines, 2012' and the licences issued through this guideline will be termed as 'Cellular Mobile Phone Services (3G/4G/LTE) Operator License'.
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