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Telecom panel’s 900-Mhz spectrum base price 23% higher than TRAI’s

Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission has recommended a base price of Rs 3,693 crore per megahertz for the premium 900 MHz frequency band, about 23 per cent more than what regulator Trai had suggested for the same for the spectrum auction in February. The commission has finalised a base price of Rs 3,646 crore per Mhz for CDMA band, nearly 17 per cent higher than the price suggested by Trai.

“The Telecom Commission has recommended that per megahertz price of spectrum in 900 Mhz band should be Rs 3,693 crore, 1800 Mhz should be Rs 2,191 crore and 800 Mhz be priced at Rs 3,646 crore,” an official source said. Trai had recommended that base price for 900 Mhz band price be kept at Rs 3,004 crore per Mhz, for 1800 Mhz at Rs 2,138 crore and for CDMA spectrum at Rs 3,104 crore.

The commission in its meeting on Monday finalised the base prices for spectrum auction early next year. The recommended base prices now would be placed before Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for final approval and after that Cabinet might be approached for certain issues.

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