TRAI likely to submit new 2G spectrum proposals by end-October

19 Oct 2010

The chairman of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), JS Sarma, has said that he expects the regulator to submit its second set of proposals for the pricing and allocation of 2G spectrum by the end of this month. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Sarma noted: ‘We are more or less coming to a closure with our work. I suppose it’ll be very shortly issued.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in May 2010 the TRAI announced a raft of new legislative proposals, including a call that mobile network operators in possession of more than 6.2MHz of 2G spectrum face a one-off financial levy for the excess frequencies. In addition to the one-off charge, the regulator also said that the amount of spectrum held by any one operator in a single circle should be capped at 8MHz in all circles bar Delhi and Mumbai, where the limit would be 10MHz.