TRAI makes way for spectrum sharing
28 Jan 2014
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ratified the spectrum trading guidelines enabling mobile operators to purchase and market airwaves.
- According to these guidelines proposed by TRAI, a transaction fee on spectrum being exchanged between telecom companies will be collected by the government.
- The proposed transaction fee was pegged at 1% of the amount of transaction.
- The spectrum traded will also have a lock-in period.
What is spectrum trading?
Spectrum trading is expected to be a game changer "as it will allow operators to buy and sell airwaves according to their needs." For example, a company with higher subscribers will have the option to buy additional spectrum from another operator.
Spectrum sharing here for good: India Ratings report
21 Aug 2015
- According to the India Ratings research report, spectrum sharing will facilitate big telecom companies better network congestion.
- Small players too will gain from it by providing advanced mobile technologies like 3G and 4G.
- India Ratings termed spectrum sharing as "economically viable for both large and small players."
- However, the report also said that disallowing the spectrum leasing would adversely affect the small players.
Telcos cry foul over 13% fee by government
10 Aug 2015
- The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India addressed their concerns to PMO, finance ministry and the telecom department.
- They raised reservations over the proposal for the charge of 13% when a firm trades spectrum.
- The telecom companies claimed that this charge would amount to 'double taxation' and was unfair on them.
Government rejects fee exemption for spectrum sharing
6 Sep 2015
- The government rejected the telecom service providers (TSPs) demand for fee exemption for trading of spectrum in future auctions.
- The telcos contended if exempted they could have saved the money, which could then have been invested in license procurement.
- The TSPs said that this would only increase their burden as 30% of their revenues already went to government as tax.
Cabinet passes spectrum sharing guidelines
13 Aug 2015
- India passed the much-awaited spectrum sharing guidelines, which addressed the problem of mobile phone call drops and also revamp the application of radio frequency spectrum for telecom services.
- This all access spectrum including traded spectrum would be shared by both licensees which have the same band spectrum.
- This move was also integral to put a stop to spectrum hoarding.
Cabinet gives a thumbs-up to spectrum trading
9 Sep 2015
- The Cabinet approved the spectrum trading guidelines which will allow telecom operators to sell radiowaves to other service providers.
- This move is expected to cater to the predicament of spectrum shortage.
- Prior to this, only the government was authorized to designate spectrum to telecom companies through auctions.
- This move will help the companies use unutilised spectrum and trade in radiowaves.
Don’t impose levy on spectrum trading proceeds: Telecom companies to government - timesofindia-economictimes
Govt rejects telcos’ proposal to drop spectrum trading fee: The Hindu Business Line - Mobile edition