Telecom industry body approaches DoT on auction-determined price issue

Telecom Lead India: Telecom industry body Auspi, which represents Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications, has approached the DoT against auction-determined price.

The industry association asked the telecom department not to go ahead with its plan to make compulsory for all operators to match the upcoming auction-determined price for their existing 2G airwaves for remaining period of their licences.

Auspi headed by Ashok Sud has demanded that government allocate contracted spectrum under the existing policy, and not through auctions.On Wednesday, an inter-ministerial panel on spectrum headed by P Chidambaram is meeting to finalize several policy-related issues lined to the sale of airwaves.

The EGoM is likely to discuss the DoT’s proposal to ask existing telecom operators to match auction-determined price prospectively.

 Refarming of airwaves will also be discussed today.

 Auspi said any attempts to ask existing operators to match the auction determined price prospectively will trigger widespread international default of billions of dollars.

The proposal to charge for the existing spectrum for the balance period of licences at auction-discovered prices by altering the terms and conditions of the licences unilaterally is illegal, violation of the licence conditions and would create more inequalities and discrimination among the existing operators, according to Auspi.

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