TRAI Floats Consultation Paper on Spectrum Auction

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TRAI Floats Consultation Paper on Spectrum Auction
Highlights
  • TRAI sought written comments on issues raised in the consultation paper
  • TThe new bands for auction would be 3300-3400MHz and 3400-3600MHz band
  • Paper asks if the spectrum auction should it be done in a phased manner

The Indian telecom regulator has floated a consultation paper on spectrum auction of various bands on Monday where it sought the stakeholders opinion on matters like when should the next spectrum auction be held and what should be the block size for bands that will be put up for auction among many other issues.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought written comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper from the stakeholders by September 25, 2017 and counter-comments by October 3, 2017

The consultation paper - 'Auction of Spectrum in 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz, 3300-3400MHz and 3400-3600MHz bands' - asked the stakeholders: "In your opinion when should the next access spectrum auction be held?"

The new bands for auction would be 3300-3400MHz and 3400-3600MHz band.

The paper also asked if the spectrum auction is held now, should the entire spectrum be put to auction or should it be done in a phased manner.

"Do you agree that in the upcoming auction, block sizes and minimum quantity for bidding in 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz and 2500MHz bands, be kept same as in the last auction?" it asked.

The paper also talked about spectrum cap. "Is there a need to prescribe spectrum cap in bands 3300-3400MHz and 3400-3600MHz? What spectrum cap provisions should be kept for 3300-3400MHz and 3400-3600MHz spectrum bands?"

Since 700MHz was first auctioned in 2016, which did not get a good response from buyers, the watchdog in its consultation paper has asked: "Whether the value of 700MHz spectrum should be derived by relating it to value of other bands by using technical efficiency factor? Else, what valuation approach should be adopted for the valuation of 700MHz spectrum band?"

It further asked: "Whether the realised/auction determined prices achieved in the October 2016 auction for various spectrum bands can be taken as the reserve price in respective spectrum bands for the forthcoming auction?"

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