Trai wants telecoms operators to pay more for spectrum

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) of India has recommended wide range of measures for telecoms operators. TRAI said that the existing licenses should be permitted to provide services either of the technologies, called code division multiple access (CDMA) or global system of mobile communications (GSM) on certain conditions.

TRAI has suggested a revised subscriber-based spectrum allocation criterion raising the threshold subscriber level for all bands. On the issue of service providers using a combination of CDMA and GSM technology, TRAI said that all spectrum should be auctioned except the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz bands. Any operator who is wiling to get additional spectrum beyond the 800,900 and 1800 MHz bands, would have to pay a one-time spectrum charge of INR 80 crore for circle A region, INR 40 crore for circle B region, while INR 15 crore for category C. Currently, a company pays one per cent of its revenue to the government for additional spectrum, being allocated on the basis of each company's subscription levels. TRAI has also asked government to take back spectrum that is not being utilised by the operators.

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