TRAI proposes 6-fold hike in 2G spectrum pricing

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Mr J.S.Sarma,Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. (file photo)   -  The Hindu

In a development that has huge financial implications for existing as well as new operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended fixing the price for 6.2 Mhz pan-India start-up 2G spectrum at Rs 10,972.45 crore, more than six times the present cost of Rs 1,658 crore.

In its recommendations to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), TRAI has also said that every Mhz of additional spectrum (on an all-India basis) beyond the contracted limit of 6.2 Mhz would cost Rs 4,571.87 crore.

Most of the telecom firms, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and state-owned companies like BSNL and MTNL, hold extra spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz and the new norms would put a huge financial burden on these telcos.

In addition, the licences of some of the operators, including Bharti, are due for renewal after completing 20 years periodicity in several circles. Such companies would have to pay to renew their licences as per the new norms recommended by TRAI.

When contacted, the TRAI Chairman, Mr J.S. Sarma, told PTI: “Yes we have submitted the recommendations to the DoT on the revised norms for 2G spectrum pricing.”

According to the report, spectrum prices for both categories — up to 6.2 Mhz and beyond 6.2 Mhz — vary from circle to circle.

In the category of up to 6.2 Mhz, the prices of one Mhz varies from Rs 7.60 crore in the case of Jammu and Kashmir to Rs 187.38 crore in the case of Tamil Nadu.

In the category of beyond 6.2 Mhz, the price varies from between Rs 22.89 crore per Mhz in Jammu and Kashmir to a maximum of Rs 431.95 crore in Andhra Pradesh.

The revised prices recommended by TRAI are with effect from April 1, 2010, the report said.

Published on February 09, 2011

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