3G services to be priced

By agencies   |   Friday, 18 August 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The spectrum for the third generation mobile telephony services would be paid services, the telecom industry has finally decided.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had called a meeting with the honchos of the other telecom industries, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Association of Unified Service Provides of India (Auspi), on Friday to discuss how the pricing should be done. Issues like the band in which spectrum should be allowed and how to curb hoarding of spectrum are also likely to be discussed

The finance ministry and the telecom minister have already given their views on making money from the sale of 3G spectrum. Additionally, presentations by all the telecom operators have also been studied.

TRAI is expected to submit its proposals to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) by September end. It had offered a consultation paper on “Allocation and pricing of spectrum of 3G services and broadband wireless access” in June. In addition, three options-auction, beauty parade and fixed license fee would be discussed upon.

GSM operators feel that the spectrum should be in the 2.1GHz band whereas CDMA operators are of the opinion that it should be in 800MHz or 1900 MHz band. GSM operators claim that 1900 band is likely to overlap and interfere with 2.1GHz band.

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