TRAI releases spectrum recommendations

16 May 2005

Following months of speculation, the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a document setting out its recommendations for the allocation and management of 3G wireless spectrum in the country. It recommends the introduction of 3G services in the IMT-2000 spectrum in the 2GHz band for both GSM and CDMA operators, ‘for reasons of spectrum availability’. Instead of a one-off entry fee it proposes to encourage fast rollout of services by enforcing an annual per-MHz charge to be incurred by an operator until it deploys IMT-2000 services. Furthermore, the regulator says that operators will have their IMT-2000 allocations cancelled if they fail to roll out 3G services within two years.