Spectrum auction: Trai makes recommends on pricing

By PTI Published on Aug 01, 2018 04:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai today recommended rules and prices for the next round of spectrum auction, which will include radiowaves for 5G mobile services.

The regulator has recommended that base price for bidding should be higher of the two figures - 80 per cent of the average valuation of spectrum band in the licensed service area or the price realised in the October 2016 auction.

The government is yet to finalise the timing of the next round of auction. The regulator has recommended base price of Rs 3,285 per megahertz for 1,800 Mhz band on pan India basis. In a relief to industry, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested that the "reserve price of 700 MHz band should be equal to 2 times of reserve price of 1800 MHz spectrum band," resulting in about 42 per cent reduction in the price of this band at Rs 6,568 crore per Mhz.

For 2016 auction, Government had fixed base price of 700 Mhz band at Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz. The price of spectrum in premium 700 megahertz band was fixed at four times the price of 1,800 Mhz band - a frequency range which was famous as 2G spectrum earlier.

In 2016, spectrum worth Rs 4 lakh crore was put up for auction, but there were no takers for this band due to its high price. The regulator has recommended a reduction of price in telecom circles where spectrum remained unsold in the last auction of 2016.

Besides, it has issued recommendations for the proposed 5G spectrum in 3,300-3,600 Mhz band and suggested that "reserve price of 3,300-3,600 MHz band should be equal 30 per cent of the reserve price of 1,800 MHz FDD band." It has suggested that spectrum in 3,300-3,600 MHz band should be put up for auction in the block size of 20 MHz.

"To avoid monopolisation of this band, there should be a limit of 100 MHz per bidder. Since the TSPs are allowed to trade their partial or complete spectrum holding to another TSP, the limit of 100 MHz spectrum in 3,300-3,600 MHz band, shall also apply for spectrum trading," Trai said.