Mixed responses to lock-in period proposal
(31 jan '09, 11.10. a. m.)

Trai’s consultation paper on lock-in period witnessed mixed reactions from the industry players with new operators opposing the introduction of such a move while some incumbents supporting such a norm.

New entrant Swan Telecom in its response said that such a move will make investments in the sector unattractive and thereby reduce the number of players in the sector. IT also added since the amendment to the UAS licence can not be retrospective, introducing lock-in period now will violate level playing filed.

Unitech Wireless too expressed similar views and said the issue should not be looked in isolation.

AUSPI also opposed the move saying that such a norm should be applied only for future licences.

Vodafone however stood apart from others as it supported Trai move. It suggested that lock-in clause will help in curbing the practice of spectrum trading and will help in keeping away non-serious players from the sector.

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