DoT Approaches TRAI For Next Round Of Spectrum Auction

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The Department of Telecom has approached regulator Trai seeking its recommendations on auction of airwaves held by 29 licencees across 18 out of 22 service areas that are expiring in 2015-16.

“Reference to Trai for its recommendation on auction of 900 and 1800 Mhz spectrum had been sent on Thursday. The auction is proposed for about 29 licences,” a DoT official told PTI.

The Telecom Commission in its meeting on May 24-26, 2012 had accepted Trai’s recommendation to conduct spectrum auction at least 18 months prior to expiry of licences.

In the next fiscal year (2014-15), government expects revenue of Rs. 38,954.02 crore from communication services, which include receipts from spectrum sale, licence fees and one-time spectrum charges, according to the interim budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in February.

In December, 2015, four licences of Bharti Airtel, seven each of Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom and six of Vodafone will complete their 20-year term and would require renewal.

While the companies can renew their licences by paying a fixed fee, but for continuing mobile and other wireless services they will need to buy spectrum afresh through auction at market determined rate.

By April 2016, two more permits of Bharti and Idea will come up for renewal. Original post at NDTV Gadgets

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