The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a press statement with regard to the upcoming spectrum auctions to be held in the country. The association supports the recommendations made by TRAI to hold off sale of key spectrum bands until sufficient spectrum is made available. The next auction is scheduled to take place in February next year and TRAI in its recent recommendations has asked the government to schedule the auction after it has managed to acquire sufficient spectrum. The GSMA notes that the sale is ‘crucial’ for the mobile industry in India.
As reported by PTI, Tom Phillips, CRO GSMA, said “If the auction isn’t handled properly, it could lead to damaging consequences. Many operators will have their licenses expire next year and if they don’t manage to retain their current spectrum, their businesses will take a huge hit. This would also mean that the continuity of their mobile services across the country will be at stake.”
Along with this, GSMA also suggests that the government should clear the 2100MHz band of non-mobile users quickly so that it can be made available for 3G communications which meet international standards.