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Trai suggests 10% higher price at next 2G spectrum auction

The telecom regulator TRAI has recommended about 10 per cent higher price for next round of spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band, known as 2G spectrum.

The regulator said since spectrum auction should not be conducted for Maharashtra and West Bengal service area due to non-availability of full spectrum, the price of spectrum that will be put for auction will come down to Rs 2,138 crore per Mhz.

However, the price recommendation would still be higher by around 10 per cent while comparing the forthcoming auction of airways in the Licence Service Areas (LSAs) with the earlier one. This is based on the estimated higher average data use as compared to the earlier period. In the February 2014 auction, government had received bids valued at Rs 2,270.4 crore per megahertz in 1800 Mhz band of airwaves. The Telecom regulatory Authority of India has suggested price of Rs 3,004 crore per megahertz for premium 900 Mhz band, in which mobile signal covered about twice more area than 1800 Mhz.

The price is only for 18 out of 22 service area as spectrum in this premium band is not available in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service area. The spectrum auction is to be conducted for airwaves in 900 Mhz held by existing telecom operators- Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications through their licences that are expiring in 2015-16. In the 900 Mhz band about 184 Mhz of spectrum is likely to be auctioned.
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