The Telecom Commission has returned TRAI’s recommendations made on spectrum valuation and pricing for review. The commission has said that these suggestions cannot be implemented in the present situation. As reported by PTI, a DoT official stated, “Telecom Commission today decided to send back reference to TRAI as some clarification is required on some of the recommendations. Some recommendations also cannot be implemented and hence TC wants TRAI to reconsider them.”
Last month, TRAI has submitted its recommendations on valuation and pricing of 1,800 Mhz and 900 Mhz spectrum bands for the next round of auction. The regulator has recommended 10 percent increase in the overall final bid which was received in the last auctions. However, TC has returned the recommendation given on 800 Mhz (CDMA) spectrum band by TRAI in February for reconsidering some points.
TRAI has recommended that the reserve price for the CDMA spectrum should be Rs 2,685 crore per megahertz for which is around 50 per cent higher than the previous pan-India base price. The regulator further suggested selling of radiowaves in the 2,100 Mhz band along with the upcoming auction.
As per the PTI report, DoT has asked the Defense Ministry to exchange the 3G airwaves with the other band of spectrum held by DoT. If the ministry agrees on this suggestion, then the spectrum auctions will begin at the scheduled time. The DoT official said, “Discussion is on with Defence. TC has decided to focus on spectrum for auction that is coming up for renewal.”
The next round of auction is scheduled to take place in February next year and the government is planning to generate the revenue of Rs 9,355 crore from it.