The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has finally revealed the spectrum sharing guidelines. The Regulator has approved that two companies can share spectrum if both own it within the same frequency bandwidth and same circle. The regulator also stated that the spectrum falling under the frequency bands of 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2500 MHz can also be shared if both the operators own the similar spectrum. But, the telcos will have to pay a higher spectrum usage charge of additional 0.5 percent of the revenue.
As TRAI has made the recommendations now DoT will discuss on adopting and introducing them as part of the policy. However, the sharing of spectrum between the operators will improve the efficiency of the spectrum and will also enhance the quality of the services offered by the operators. This suggestive measure will help the service providers to deal with the issues they face due to lack of spectrum in certain areas. Moreover, if this recommendation is adopted then the telcos will not have to take the permission from the Government for sharing the spectrum.
The telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India are set to benefit if the recommendations come into effect. Moreover, this will benefit the operators more for their 3G offerings as only 5 MHz blocks were allocated during the 3G auctions. The spectrum sharing policy will further ease the problems of the telcos and will improve the service quality.