Trai cuts spectrum fee for 700 MHz by 42%

New Delhi : Telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday 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 crore per megahertz for 1800 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 price of this band at Rs 6,568 crore per Mhz. For 2016 auction, the 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 1800 Mhz band — a frequency range which was famous as 2G spectrum earlier.

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