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Licensing norms for new telcos by Friday

Telecom Commission is expected to finalise by Friday the guidelines for licences that are to be issued to new players that win spectrum in the auction which is due in November.

‘By Friday, we expect that the final recommendation of telecom commission in respect of unified licences in all aspect that will be relevant for the purpose of the auction will be available,’ telecom commission chairman and secretary, Department of Telecom, R Chandrashekhar said on Monday.

The new licences will do away with different kinds of permits that are issued to telecom companies for offering various services.

He said the issue related to migration of licences of existing players and bringing telecom tower companies under the licensing regime will be decided at slightly later date.

‘One of the views that was taken in today’s meeting was that out of large set of recommendations, we should prioritise and focus on those aspects which require immediate decision in the context of the auctions,’ Chandrashekhar said.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), has proposed to bring telecom tower companies under the licensing regime and estimated that bringing IP-I (mainly telecom tower firms) under the licensing regime will fetch the government revenues of around Rs 1,900 crore per year.
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