The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will submit its views and recommendation to DoT about the pricing and valuation of the spectrum proposed for the auction to be held next year in February. DoT has asked clarification from TRAI about the pricing and valuation of the 800MHz, 900MHz and the 1,800 MHz band.
As reported by PTI, a TRAI official stated, “We (TRAI) have received a reference from Department of Telecom on Friday and will try submit the reconsidered recommendations within the 15 day time-frame or even earlier.” Once TRAI submit its views on the issue then the same recommendation will be put before the Telecom Commission for approval.
The next spectrum auction are scheduled to take place in February 2015 and the government aims to earn the revenue of Rs 9,355 crore form them. Earlier, also TRAI gave its recommendations on the spectrum pricing for the 1,800MHz and the 900MHz band. In its recommendations the regulator suggested 10% higher price for spectrum in 1800Mhz over the final bid price that was received in the last auction.
Moreover, the regulator also suggested selling radiowaves in the 2,100MHz band which is held by the Defence and DoT is in discussions to get some frequencies vacated for 3G mobile services in this band. The spectrum which will be up for sale is primarily used by operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications.