TRAI will not take over spectrum management, Raja says

8 Sep 2010

India’s telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja has rejected calls from the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that it be tasked with the management of the country’s wireless spectrum. According to India’s Economic Times, the minister has instead asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to put in place an ‘institutionalised mechanism for spectrum audit, pricing and accounting’ in order that control of spectrum resources remains under the purview of the communications ministry. For its part, the TRAI had argued that by transferring responsibility for spectrum management there would be greater transparency in the sector, while noting that it would look to carry out regular audits to ensure frequencies are used optimally. Such claims have arguably led to Mr Raja’s latest directive also including an order for the DoT to install equipment to examine whether existing spectrum allocations are being used effectively by those operators they have been handed to.