Trai’s pro­pos­als on spec­trum shar­ing may bring re­lief to telcos

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In its rec­om­men­da­tions on spec­trum shar­ing, Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity of In­dia (Trai) may pro­pose al­low­ing op­er­a­tors share all kinds of air­waves, but at the same time it is likely to op­pose in­dus­try’s de­mand for al­low­ing more than two op­er­a­tors to share air­waves. The tele­com reg­u­la­tor may also op­pose the Depart­ment of Tele­com’s pro­posal to im­pose a cap on the amount of air­waves telcos are al­lowed to share in a cir­cle, which may bring some re­lief to op­er­a­tors such as Voda­fone In­dia and Bharti Air­tel. Trai is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the sug­ges­tions of a 15-mem­ber com­mit­tee that in­cludes op­er­a­tors, which has rec­om­mended the re­moval of 25% cap on spec­trum shar­ing. Trai may also likely take up rais­ing the limit with­out do­ing away with it al­to­gether, me­dia re­ports said. It would send its pro­pos­als next week to DoT, which will then is­sue fi­nal guide­lines. Trai is also not in fa­vor of any re­stric­tions on the ten­ure for op­er­a­tors to share air­waves, ac­cord­ing to a draft re­port pre­pared by Trai. If al­lowed, spec­trum shar­ing will bring re­lief for telcos as it leads to op­ti­mum use of the nat­u­ral re­source at an af­ford­able price. And as a re­sult, con­sumers can en­joy bet­ter qual­ity of voice ser­vices and faster data speeds, and could trans­late into lower tar­iffs as op­er­a­tors’ capex could fall. But at the same time, al­low­ing band­width shar­ing could re­duce ag­gres­sive bid­ding in spec­trum auc­tions, af­fect­ing gov­ern­ment rev­enues.

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