Telecom Commission (TC) sends back 3G spectrum proposals to TRAI

Highlights: 

  • Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) has decided to send back Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendations on 3G spectrum pricing for reconsideration.
  • According to sources, TC discussed TRAI's proposals on 2100 MHz band base price, used for 3G services, in its meeting and decided to send back the recommendations for a review.
  • The TRAI on December 31 had recommended a base price at Rs. 2,720 crore per megahertz.
  • An internal committee of the Department of Telecom (DoT) is believed to have suggested fixing base price of 3G spectrum at Rs. 3,899 crore per megahertz, about 43 % higher than the rate recommended by TRAI.
  • As per the practice in place,TRAI sends back its final comments in about 15 days which are again placed before the Telecom Commission for its final call.