Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI) has proposed an entry fee of Rs180 crore for
an all India unified licence that will enable a new
operator to roll out any communication and broadcasting
services, except cellular.
additional charge would be levied on those wanting
to provide cellular services, which will be equivalent
to what the existing operators paid.
regulator has, however, suggested that operators with
unified access licence will have the option to remain
in the existing regime for another two years.
regulator has also proposed that companies with common
promoters having a minimum of 10 per cent equity in
each of the subsidiaries to migrate into the new regime
as a single entity.
TRAI has introduced three categories of licencing
in the new regime. The first category called 'Licencing
through authorisation' will include radio paging services,
internet services, mobile radio trunking services
and infrastructure services. There will not be any
entry fee for this category and the licence fee have
also been completely waived off from an average of
6 per cent of the annual revenue, at present.
second category of services called `Class Licence'
include VSAT (very small aperture terminal) and niche
operators who will get automatic migration to the
new regime with an annual licence fee of 6 per cent
of the revenues.
third and the most significant category called `Unified
Licence' will include all telecom services. Operators
wanting to take this licence will have to shell out
Rs107 crore for offering long
distance services and an additional fee, determined
by TRAI, for offering access service depending on