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DoT Panel Questions TRAI’s Method For 3G Auction Base Price

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A DoT panel, which is looking into TRAI’s recommendation on 3G spectrum price, has questioned the methodology for arriving at base rate of Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz for these airwaves, sources said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on December 31 had recommended this rate for 3G spectrum. This is about 19 per cent lower compared to the price paid by service providers in the 2010 auction.

The pan-India per Mhz price paid by telecom companies was Rs 3,350.11 crore but TRAI took a figure of Rs 3,349.87 crore, sources added.

The panel, headed by Department of Telecom (DoT) Member technology, is believed to have said that the last auction-determined price for a spectrum band should be the guiding benchmark for determining the reserve price for that band in a subsequent auction. Original post at ET Telecom

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