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Indian Government may opt for auction model for additional spectrum

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In order to to resolve the critical issue of additional spectrum allocation, the Union Government of India has set up a panel, which is submitting their report in the next 10 days. The panel is shifted from the current subscriber based spectrum allocation to auction mode allocation.

Currently, operators using GSM technology get 6.2 MHz of spectrum each while those using the rival CDMA standard get 5 MHz each. GSM operators can have a maximum of 15 MHz spectrum while for CDMA players, the limit is 7.5 MHz. The panel is headed by Additional Secretary Subodh Kumar. Its task is look at a model of spectrum allocation allotments beyond this mark (6.2 MHz and 5 MHz). Operators already holding spectrum above the 6.2 MHz and 5 MHz mark may have to stump up a one-time fee for the excess spectrum which TRAI has recommended and the panel is likely to endorse that.

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