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TRAI recommends to auction 3G spectrum

Posted: 29 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:K.C. Krishnadas 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that spectrum for 3G services be auctioned, ending speculation it may be given away free. The base price for regional licences is Rs.79 crore ($17 million) maximum and lower for regions expecting less business.

Five mobile service wireless providers in India are expected to receive preferential treatment in granting of licences. 3G licences will be granted in the 450MHz, 800MHz and 2.1GHz bands.

The TRAI will pass on its recommendations for allocating 3G services to the Department of Telecommunications, with the TRAI draft expected over the next days.

India's minister for communications Dayanidhi Maran has stated that commercial 3G services will launch in India the latter half of next year. The government wants 3G services in all India towns whose population exceeds 100,000, by 2012.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times




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