DoT to seek regulator’s views on spectrum reforms

December 24, 2015 11:06 pm | Updated March 24, 2016 11:52 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The Department of Telecom (DoT) will seek sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) views on the liberalisation of 800 MHz spectrum in circles where a market determined price is not available.

Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission, the highest decision making body of DoT, in its meeting earlier this week decided to seek views of TRAI on the matter, sources said.

The government has already issued guidelines to liberalise the administratively allotted 2G spectrum, allowing operators to offer latest mobile services, including 4G, using the same radio waves. The spectrum will be liberalised for the remaining period of the licence held by the telecom operator.

The government will levy latest auction determined price on the spectrum to be liberalised. In case auction price is more than one year old then the prevailing market rate would be determined by indexing the last auction price at the rate of SBI prime lending rate.

However, there are four circles where an auction determined price is not available and the DoT has asked TRAI to recommend its views for liberalisation of spectrum.

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