EGoM decision on pricing and refarming of spectrum? today
Meanwhile GSM operators have asked the government to take an independent look at Trai's and the industry's views on spectrum auction
Mumbai: An empowered group of ministers (EGoM) led by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will meet Tuesday to take a final call on key issues of 2G spectrum auction such as pricing and refarming, officials said.
The EGoM would go through the analysis report of the Telecom Commission on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) proposals and their impact on tariffs, and the department of telecom's own recommendations and take a final decision.
Meanwhile, the GSM operators said the EGoM should take into consideration all the information and views of different groups and analysts to arrive at a decision.
"Our major concern is the reserve pricing recommendation from the sector regulator, which would be a deathknell for the industry. Let the market dynamic decide what the spectrum price should be," Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said.
TRAI had recommended, among other proposals, a reserve price of Rs.3,622 crore for 1 Mhz pan-India spectrum, which is around 10 times higher than the price at which 2G licences were allocated in 2008 under then Telecom Minister A. Raja.
The operators have warned of a 100 percent hike in tariffs if the proposals are accepted.
According to consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), telecom tariffs are expected to rise by 90 paise a minute in metros and 20-34 paise on an average across the country if the sector regulator's recommendations on spectrum pricing are accepted.
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Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission on Thursday said it has finalised its views on the much-awaited spectrum sharing and trading guidelines and the proposals will be sent to the Cabinet for final approval by month-end.
Trai says that telecom service provider's concerns about low tariff maybe inconsistent with public policy
The telecom regulator said on Thursday that the Telecom Commission's contention that reduced tariffs by telecom service providers (TSP) is leading to reduced revenues for the government and poor health of the sector.
TRAI had recommended last month that the ceiling on spectrum held by mobile operators within a particular band should be removed