Telecom companies have requested the government to auction spectrum to start direct-to-mobile (D2M) service. Cellular Association of India (COAI) has said that the spectrum can be fully utilized once it is auctioned. Due to spectrum auction, telecom companies will be able to use the reserved spectrum for direct-to-mobile service or for IMT (mobility) or broadband service. Telecom companies will have airwave flexibility, due to which it can be used in many ways.
The government has been preparing to launch direct-to-mobile service for a long time. 527-582 MHz spectrum has been reserved to use this service. Telecom companies have requested the government to auction this spectrum, so that it can also be used for mobile services. Telecom companies Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and Reliance Jio say that this spectrum band is very useful, which can also be used for IMT i.e. mobile services.
What is D2M?
The government has been preparing for a long time to bring Direct-to-Mobile (D2M) service. In this service, TV channels can be streamed on mobile devices even without internet connection. Be it daily soap or cricket match, there will be no need of data access in mobile. Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) and IIT-Kanpur are working together on this new technology.
Direct-to-mobile technology will work in much the same way as FM radio. In this the receiver has to remain within the radio frequency range. This new technology will broadcast TV channels to the receiver i.e. mobile device using radio frequency. Through this, users will be able to access multimedia content without internet connection.
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