DoT looks to bump up spectrum price

6 Nov 2013

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has disputed the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regarding the pricing of 2G spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz ranges as the Telecom Commission prepares to rule on the matter today. The Economic Times writes that the DoT described the TRAI’s proposed price cuts of up to 80% as ‘inappropriate’. The DoT pointed to the November 2012 auction as an indication of the market price of 1800MHz spectrum, indicating that adjustments were only necessary for the four circles where the government failed to sell frequencies. The price per MHz of pan-India spectrum put forward by the DoT was INR22.03 billion (USD356.08 million), compared to the INR14.96 billion suggested by the TRAI. The Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body of the telecoms ministry will meet today to make a final decision on spectrum pricing in preparation for an auction in January 2014.