REGULATORY UPDATE: TELECOM REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA (“TRAI”) - CONSULTATION PAPER ON 'AUCTION OF SPECTRUM IN MULTIPLE BANDS

On 28 August 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) released the above Consultation Paper in pursuance of a reference from the Department of Telecommunication on this matter. Among other issues, the Consultation Paper seeks the comments of stakeholders on the following issues:

  1. The quantum of spectrum to be auctioned in each band, and whether spectrum in larger bands should be auctioned only after the spectrum in the smaller bands is already auctioned;
  2. Whether the minimum amount of spectrum required to be auctioned in each bank should be changed?
  • Whether there should be roll-out obligations for the entities buying/owning spectrum, in terms of making access services available to customers within a minimum time-period? and
  1. Whether the existing methodologies used for valuations of spectrum should be retained or not

Stakeholders can provide their comments on the above Consultation Paper till September 25, 2017. Source: http://trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Spectrum_CP_28082017.pdf

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