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TRAI Recommends Higher Base Price for Spectrum Auctions, Telcos Miffed

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The telecom regulator has proposed to set the base price of 1800 MHz band in the upcoming spectrum auctions at 10% more than the previous round, a recommendation that operators and analysts say is likely to hurt an industry that is laden with debt and facing an uncertain business environment.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has suggested Rs 2,138 crore as the base price to commence auction for airwaves in the 1800 MHz band in 20 circles. Its recommended base price for the 900 MHz band is Rs 3,004 crore. The 900 MHz band is critical for top carriers such as Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications, because the spectrum on sale is the same that they are currently operating on and on which their licences will expire next year. If they fail to win back the bandwidth, they may have to close down whole or part of operations in several areas, turning investments worth thousands of crores worthless. Original post at ET Telecom

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