TRAI favours spectrum allocation by auction: Misra
(08 feb '09, 4.30 .p. m.)

Telecom regulator Trai still advocates auction for spectrum allocation.

"Trai had recommended auction of licence earlier and there is no change in stand," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Chairman Nripendra Misra said.

He was asked about the Delhi High Court notice to the regulator seeking its response on the issue on the next date of hearing on April 2.

"In India, as a practice 2G spectrum and licence (have) been offered as 'bundled' to companies. Thus, anyone getting licence will get spectrum automatically," Misra told PTI during a brief visit to the city.

The country offers 2G spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1,800 Mhz bundles with licence.

There was an uproar over the manner in which the government allocated spectrum to some non-telecom companies recently, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Many of these companies allocated spectrum recently were sold at much higher prices.

The government has mooted a lock-in period of three to five years in the case of dilution of the promoters' stake in the telecom company receiving spectrum to check misuse of the national property.

 

 

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