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Govt to allow sharing of spectrum between telecom service providers

NEW DELHI: The Government has decided to permit sharing of spectrum without any additional one-time spectrum charge between telecom service providers (TSPs) who have paid for spectrum beyond 4.4 MHz (GSM) as recommended above without any change in the terms and conditions of licence for use of spectrum including the carrier size indicated therein.


Both TSPs would have to pay spectrum usage charge at the slab rate applicable on the entire combined spectrum holding.


The Union Cabinet said after a meeting today that no one time charge be levied for spectrum holding up to 4.4 MHz (GSM). However, a onetime charge be levied prospectively upon the existing operators at 2012 auction determined price for all spectrum holdings beyond 4.4 MHz (GSM). The date of applicability of the charge shall be the date of commencement of the first quarter following the date of the Cabinet decision.


Similarly for spectrum held above 6.2 (GSM), a one-time charge would be levied from July 2008 onwards. There will be two prices. The price, pro-rated for the period July 2008 up to the date of applicability of auction determined price, would be the 2001 entry fee divided by 6.2, duly indexed using State Bank of India Prime Lending Rate (SBI PLR). With effect from the date of commencement of the first quarter following the date of the Cabinet decision, the auction determined price would be levied.


Decision regarding charging for CDMA spectrum holding beyond 2.5 MHz will be taken separately.


Based on the recommendations of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), the Cabinet considered spectrum pricing - charging of spectrum currently held by the incumbent Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), and charging in the event of spectrum sharing and intra service area merger.


Licensees will be given the option to surrender spectrum beyond 4.4 MHz (GSM) if they do not wish to pay this charge;


The licensees will be allowed equated annual installments for the balance number of years of license (such that the last installment is payable not later than 12 calendar months prior to expiry of the license) considering interest rate at the rate of 9.75 per cent as approved by the Finance Ministry in the case of new successful bidders for deferred payment. The licensees will also have the option of full upfront payment or pre-payment of one or more installments.


Where a transferor (acquired) company holds spectrum against the entry fee paid, the transferee (acquiring) company (i.e. resultant merged entity), would be required to pay to the Government, the differential between the entry fee, and the current auction determined price, on a pro-rata basis for the remaining period of validity of the licenses;


On the issue of allotment of initial spectrum to licensees who have paid the requisite fee but have not been allotted spectrum so far, the Cabinet decided that the claim of such company for allotment of 4.4 MHz of spectrum in such case will be considered after completion of the auction process, subject to availability of spectrum.


The decisions are expected to result in further efficient utilisation of the scarce natural resource of spectrum facilitating proliferation of telecom services in the country.

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