TRAI rolls-out consultation paper on 2G spectrum auction

Before taking any steps regarding the auction of 2G spectrum, it should analyze the views of stakeholders, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Wednesday in form of issuing consultation paper on auction scheme.

Announcing its decision, TRAI said, “On the basis of the comments received from the stakeholders on the pre-consultation paper and considering the international practices, the draft Consultation paper on “Auction of Spectrum” has been prepared.”

However on basis of Supreme Court’s order over judgment of cancellation of all 122 licences under 2008 allotment of 2G scam, TRAI had issued a pre-consultation paper on February 2012, on the issue of allocation of spectrum in 2G band in 22 Service Areas by auction.

All the stakeholders have given time period upto 21st March 2012 to send their comments and 28th March 2012 for counter-comments as TRAI will ask their views on particular defined dated time and then further steps to be directed.

The main assumption in the Consultation paper are like of spectrum block size, eligibility criteria for participating in the auction, reserve price, amount of spectrum to be auctioned, liberalization of the spectrum, refarming of spectrum in 800/900 MHz bands, structure of auction, roll out obligations, spectrum usage charges and spectrum trading.

Trai also stated that there will be 60 Mhz and 413.6 Mhz of spectrum available in 800 Mhz and 1800 Mhz spectrum bands for all cancelled 122 licences of 2008 that will resumed under recommendations on consultation paper.

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