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  1. Telecom Commission to discuss Trai’s proposal for spectrum allocation on August 31

Telecom Commission to discuss Trai’s proposal for spectrum allocation on August 31

The Telecom Commission, apex decision making body at the telecom department, is likely to meet on August 31 to discuss Trai's recommendation on spectrum allocation, according to official sources.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2018 5:38 PM
Telecom Commission, TRAI, spectrum allocation, supreme court, PMRTS, DoT The recommendations were made after the telecom department requested the Trai to suggest appropriate method of spectrum allocation for Public Mobile Radio Trunking Service (PMRTS). (PTI)

The Telecom Commission, apex decision making body at the telecom department, is likely to meet on August 31 to discuss Trai’s recommendation on spectrum allocation, according to official sources. “The next Telecom Commission meeting is proposed for August 31,” an official source told PTI without disclosing agenda of the meeting. Another DoT source said though agenda has not been freezed for the meeting but it is likely to take up some of the recommendation made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India regarding spectrum allocation.

The source, however, said the latest recommendations of Trai on spectrum auction plan worth Rs 4.9 lakh crore may not come. Last month, keeping aside observation of the Supreme Court order in 2G case that spectrum should be allocated through auction, Trai recommended allotment of radiowaves without bidding route for PMRTS. Unlike cellular services, PMRTS are operated for two-way communication within small distance of around 30 kilometer-range by police, security agencies, construction companies etc.

The recommendations were made after the telecom department requested the Trai to suggest appropriate method of spectrum allocation for Public Mobile Radio Trunking Service (PMRTS). The Supreme Court order in 2012, which cancelled 122 telecom permits that were assigned spectrum administratively for 2G service, said that the spectrum should be assigned transparently through auction. The DoT in July 2017 had sought regulator’s views on method that should be used for spectrum allocation for PMRTS.

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