Commission approves interim measure for spectrum liberalisation

22 Feb 2016

India’s Telecom Commission has ruled that operators can liberalise 800MHz spectrum in the Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu circles by paying the reserve price for the spectrum and matching the market-determined price for the airwaves following the conclusion of the next frequency auction, scheduled for June this year, the Economic Times writes. Operators with spectrum that was not purchased via auction must pay the government the market price for the airwaves before they can trade or share the frequencies. No market price is currently available for the 800MHz band in the four circles in question, however, as they were not auctioned in the March 2015 sale. As an interim measure, the regulator has allowed operators to liberalise airwaves in these areas by paying the base price and following up with the remainder once their market value has been determined by the auction.