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TRAI restates 3G auction base price proposal

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has restated that enough spectrum should be made available in the 2,100 MHz band for the upcoming auction or it will lead to artificial increase in the market price of the band. In its clarification to the DoT the regulator stated that, the objective of merging the 2,100 MHz band spectrum along with the other frequency bands held to be auctioned in February this year will get defeated if sufficient spectrum is not made available in 2100MHz band.

As per a report by PTI, the regulator stated that, there is no change in the reserve price for spectrum in the 2100MHz bands from what were recommended earlier. It also added that the spate auction of 2,100 MHz band will lead to a rise in the market price because of the supply constraint.

TRAI has said that 15MHz of spectrum is being vacated by the Defence ministry and it should be put to auction in the February. Along with this the Telecom Commission will be discussing the revised recommendations in a meeting with the Union Cabinet in order to take a final decision about the 3G pricing.

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