The telecom regulator TRAI has recommended about 10 percent higher price for next round of spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band, known as 2G spectrum. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps
The regulator said since spectrum auction should not be conducted for Maharashtra and West Bengal service area due to non-availability of full spectrum, the price of spectrum that will be put for auction will come down to Rs 2,138 crore per Mhz. However, the price recommendation would still be higher by around 10 percent while comparing the forthcoming auction of airways in the Licence Service Areas (LSAs) with the earlier one. This is based on the estimated higher average data use as compared to the earlier period. In the February 2014 auction, government had received bids valued at Rs 2,270.4 crore per megahertz in 1800 Mhz band of airwaves. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
The Telecom regulatory Authority of India has suggested price of Rs 3,004 crore per megahertz for premium 900 Mhz band, in which mobile signal covered about twice more area than 1800 Mhz. The price is only for 18 out of 22 service area as spectrum in this premium band is not available in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service area. The spectrum auction is to be conducted for airwaves in 900 Mhz held by existing telecom operators- Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications through their licences that are expiring in 2015-16. In the 900 Mhz band about 184 Mhz of spectrum is likely to be auctioned. In 1800 Mhz, government has proposed to auction 104 Mhz of spectrum which included spectrum held by licences that are expiring in 2015-16 and unsold airwaves in February auction. Also Read - TRAI's new SMS regulations will prevent spam, fraudulent messages: Here's how
However, government wants to keep 8.2 Mhz of spectrum as Defence band which leaves only 104 Mhz spectrum available for auction. While suggesting price of 1800 Mhz band, TRAI has said used various approaches and derived their average expected valuation. The regulator then compared it with price achieved in February auction and suggested taking higher of the two prices. “The Authority recommends that the average expected valuation of 1800 MHz spectrum should be the higher of the two figures average expected valuation based on simple mean or the price realised in February 2014 auction in each licenced service area (LSA),” TRAI said.
For the premium 900 Mhz, the regulator decided “that the value of 900 MHz spectrum in each LSA should be the lower of the two figures – average valuation of 900 MHz or twice the value of 1800 MHz spectrum.” The regulator has also recommended that the reserve price for North East LSA may be fixed at a discount of 50 percent on the recommended reserve price.