The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has
recommended to the department of telecommunications
(DoT) Rs80-crore as the base price for allocation
of 3G spectrum to operators for launching next generation
crone has been fixed as base price for two metros
of Bombay and Delhi, Rs40 crore for Chennai and Kolkata
and Rs15 crore for category C circles," TRAI
chairman Nripendra Misra said.
This being the base price set for spectrum allocation,
the telecom operators will have to bid for the spectrum
over and above it. TRAI has recommended three sets
of frequency bands - 450 MHz, 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz
government, meanwhile, said it would finalise a policy
for spectrum allocation in the next three months.
"We are looking into the details of TRAI's recommendations
and will come out with a formalised report in three
months to enable faster roll-out of 3G services in
the country," minister for communications and
IT Dayanidhi Maran told reporters.
is maintaining technology neutrality and "since
both GSM and CDMA technologies co-exist in India,
we would also look into that," he added.
runs for next generation 3G mobile services in the
country has already been initiated and the commercial
launch is expected in the second half of 2007.
the base price of Rs80 crore alone, TRAI said the
government would be able to collect a minimum of Rs1,400
crore for countrywide spectrum allocation.