Trai to come out with guidelines on unified licensing, spectrum auction

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is expected to come out with its policy for a unified licensing regime for broadcasting and telecom by the end of this month.

Trai Chairman J S Sarma said the work on the consultation paper in this regard was in the final stage.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 20th Convergence India organised by Exhibitions India, Sarma also said the guidelines for the spectrum auction would be announced early in April.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ministerial Group set up by the Communications and Information Technology Ministry has already begun its discussions on the spectrum auction.

In his budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed to raise Rs 400 billion through auction of airwaves including the one to be freed by the cancellation of 122 licences following the Supreme Court‘s order last month. The Budget also proposed to raise a total non-tax revenue of Rs 582.17 billion in 2012-13 from other communication services, as against just Rs165.508 billion last year.

These would also include receipts from spectrum held in excess of 6.2 MHz and receipts from auction of spectrum available with the government, including spectrum to be vacated by 122 licences, in view of the order of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, in its 2 February order, had cancelled 122 2G spectrum licences given in 2008 by then telecom minister A. Raja, terming the exercise illegal. The Government has sought time of 400 days to complete the exercise of re-auctioning.

The government is likely to complete the process of spectrum auction including the one for 2G services by January-February next year, a senior Finance Ministry official said last week.

Latest Reads
HAL Robotics ropes in Navanit Samaiyar as board member and advisor

MUMBAI: HAL Robotics has roped in Navanit Samaiyar as its board member and advisor. Samaiyar has a record of setting up, scaling and transforming businesses across a very wide cross section of industries spanning from IT/ ITeS to steel, telecom, engineering goods, earthmoving machinery, logistics...

Technology Hardware Components
Republic TV launches Android app

MUMBAI: Republic TV is on a roll. From rocking the ratings chart in launch week itself to going international, the channel has added one more accomplishment to its kitty. The Republic TV Android app is now live.

Technology Software Applications
STB cos in India, China enhancing features, providing customised solutions, Technavio enlists top vendors

MUMBAI: The global STB market is characterised by intense competition as the market is saturated in developed countries. The market share of these players is declining because of the entry of new players. The STB companies are enhancing the features of STBs and providing customised solutions to...

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
India's PFT Clear Media ERP suite to help US' PBS content delivery

MUMBAI: Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, announced that its CLEAR™ Media ERP Suite has been selected by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to enhance their Network Operations Center (NOC) ecosystem efficiencies and sustainability, with the objective of reducing...

Technology Software Applications
Broadcasters, OTTs to gain as Via adds xHE-AAC at special rate

MUMBAI: Via Licensing Corporation, a intellectual property solutions provider, has announced the upcoming availability of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) as part of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. The expanded patent pool licence will be available at no additional cost to...

Technology Software Applications
Tata Comm to deliver Motorsport videos on global devices

MUMBAI: Tata Communications will now deliver video content for viewers' all devices over its global network. The two have partnered to power the growth of the network’s internet television platforms.

Technology Software Applications
How to create live video content sans pros, convert radio broadcast into visual show

MUMBAI: ChyronHego will be showcasing its live production, automation solutions at Broadcast India show in Mumbai in mid-October.

Technology Software Applications
Sony renews IP licence deal with TiVo

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation, a leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, has announced that Sony Corporation, a leader in consumer electronics, has renewed its multi-year intellectual property (IP) licence agreement. The license to TiVo’s patent portfolios covers all of Sony’s...

Technology Software Applications
Digital TV, growing telecom major drivers of coaxial cable growth in A-Pac: Study

MUMBAI: The global coaxial cables market is mature owing to the use of coaxial cables in industries for a long time and the slow or stagnant product innovation.

Technology Hardware Components

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories