Trai recommends auction of CDMA spectrum at reserve price of Rs 2,685 cr

Feb 22 2014, 16:40 IST
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Trai has recommended that the entire CDMA spectrum held by MTNL be put up for auction as it is underutilised. Trai has recommended that the entire CDMA spectrum held by MTNL be put up for auction as it is underutilised.
SummaryThe reserve price of CDMA spectrum is around 50 pct higher than previous pan-India base price.

has also recommended that the auction be conducted in blocks of 1.25 Mhz and it should be mandatory for new entrants to win at least 5 Mhz of spectrum specially in the contiguous blocks.

"However, an existing TSP i.e. a TSP having some spectrum holding in the 800 MHz band should be permitted to bid for a minimum 1 block of spectrum. New entrants must be assigned the earmarked contiguous carriers only," Trai said.

It has recommended that Department of Telecom should put up the entire available spectrum in 800 Mhz, including that to be taken back from public sector telecom firms, for auction.

When contacted SSTL spokesperson said: "Given that the recommendations by Trai specific to the reserve price of 800 Mhz spectrum have just come out, SSTL is still in the process of going through all the details."

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