TRAI set base price for spectrum auction

TRAI (Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) set Rs 3,622.18 Crore as the base or minimum price for pan-India spectrum in the auction of radio waves which is to be held after the Supreme Court cancelling 122 licenses. This minimum or base price (Rs 3,622.18 Crore) set is around 10 times higher than the floor price at which the former Telecom Minister A. Raja had allocated spectrum and telecom licenses to companies like Unitech Wireless and Swan in 2008.

  • TRAI has advocated a reserve price for 800 Mhz band (used for CDMA service) and 900 MHz band (used for GSM service), at least two-times higher than that of minimum price for 1800 MHz band.
  • The TRAI has also advocated that the auction keep out companies which already hold airwaves in excess of the approved limit.

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