Trai seeks views on spectrum auctioning in 22 service areas

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought the opinion of stakeholders on liberalisation of spectrum and quantum to be auctioned.

In a consultation paper on ‘Auction of Spectrum‘, Trai has sought views on refarming of spectrum in 800/900 MHz bands, structure of auction, spectrum block size, eligibility criteria for participating in the auction, reserve price, roll out obligations, spectrum usage charges and spectrum trading.

The Supreme Court on 2 February had directed Trai to make fresh recommendations for grant of licence and allocation of spectrum in 2G band in 22 Service Areas by auction, as was done for allocation of spectrum in 3G band, keeping in view the decision taken by the Central Government in 2011.

Trai had therefore issueds a pre-consultation paper the next day, and has now issued a Consultation Paper on the basis of the comments received from the stakeholders and considering the international practices.

Written comments on the issues raised in the Consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by 21 March and counter-comments by 28 March. Stakeholders are requested to send their comments by due dates as there will be no further extension of timelines.

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