15 Percent Hike in CDMA Spectrum Reserve Price Proposed by Trai



 Trai Proposes 15 Percent Hike

India’s telecom regulator Thursday really helpful a reserve value of Rs. 3,104 crore per megahertz for CDMA or 800mhz band, which is 15 % larger than the rate it had proposed in February.

In its February advice, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had proposed a reserve price of Rs. 2,685 crore per megahertz for 800mhz.

The Trai reiterated its suggestion that your entire available spectrum with the department of telecom (dot) in the CDMA band will have to be put to auction, including unused part with BSNL and MTNL.

As the general public sector undertakings Bharat Sanchar Nigam restricted (BSNL) and Mahanagar telephone Nigam restricted (MTNL) are usually not the usage of the spectrum within the 800mhz band, the Trai has, therefore, advisable: “The dot will have to take back from MTNL its entire spectrum maintaining in the 800mhz band.”

“BSNL will have to be allowed to continue only the CDMA service in all the lsas (licensed service area) except for in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and northeast, where it may possibly keep both the carriers. The dot should take back other carriers assigned to BSNL in the 800mhz band,” it added.

Trai Proposes 15 Percent Hike in CDMA Spectrum Reserve Price

The Trai beneficial the reserve value within the 800mhz band to the dot on February 22. The dot on November 14 sought clarifications on the recommendations.

The suggestions mentioned chances of participation by using a prospective new bidder shall be more if it provided contiguous 5mhz of spectrum.

“At least one chunk of contiguous 5mhz spectrum (that is 4 carriers) should be carved out sooner than the public sale. New entrants need to be assigned the earmarked contiguous carriers only,” the field regulator delivered.