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TRAI to finalise 2G spectrum pricing in four weeks: Sarma

By A Staff Reporter

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will finalize it’s 2G spectrum pricing recommendations in next four weeks and subsequently submit them to the government for it’s implementation, disclosed Chairman TRAI, Dr. J.S. Sarma while inaugurating 6th ASSOCHAM organized ‘Global Telecom Summit’ in the Capital recently.

Dr. Sarma also disclosed that telecom regulator would release all promised spectrum as committed in 3G spectrum auctioning period by September 2010 as also finalize it’s recommendations about new broadband policy by end of August next month or else latest by September 2010.

It would be an attempt of the government to redefine definition of broadband so that broadband is declared a fundamental right of Indian citizen when national policy in this regard is laid out by UPA government, emphasized Dr. Sarma further stating that TRAI has hired services of ASSOCHAM to conduct a study on Value Added Services (VAS) in telecom sector within a deadline of next 6 months.

The TRAI Chairman indicated that since 2G spectrum pricing had landed into controversies, the telecom regulator will take another 4 weeks to wrap up afresh a new set of suggestions on this issue and submit them to the government for necessary action. Dr. Sarma said that India would require additional spectrum of 300-500 MHz to enable telecom operators and service providers to achieve India’s broadband targets for which policy initiatives would have to be approved of at the highest political level. He, however, promised that whatever best is possible, the telecom regulator will do to satisfy requirements of telecom operators as well as service providers at policy levels to meet their aspirations.

Speaking at ASSOCHAM Telecom Summit, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL, Mr. Kuldeep Goyal said that his company has sought Prime Minister’s intervention to advice state governments to remove obstacles in company’s attempts and efforts to lay telecom infrastructure as Karnataka government has slapped a fine of Rs. 6,000 crore on BSNL for removing cables and wires from Karnataka to another state.