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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
(DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1299
TO BE ANSWERED ON 2nd DECEMBER, 2011
Pricing Methodology for Charging for Excess Spectrum

1299. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

(a)    Whether it is a fact that the Minister has declared a cap on 4.4 MHz of GSM spectrum for all licencees who were awarded UAS licences/spectrum on or after 10 January, 2008;

(b)   Whether this cap will also be applicable to UAS licencees who got licences before 10 January, 2008;

(c)    If so, what will be the pricing methodology for charging for spectrum beyond the established contracted amount in each of the above cases; and

(d)   By when Government would finalise its decision in this matter?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI MILIND DEORA)

(a) No, Sir,

(b) Does not arise,

(e) & (d) TRAI in its recommendations on "spectrum Management and Licensing

Framework" dated 11th May 2010 has recommended that the limit on spectrum to be assigned to a service provider will be 2X8MHz for all service areas other than in Delhi and Mumbai where it will be 2XIOMHz, Similarly for COMA spectrum the Authority recommends that the limit on spectrum will be 2X5MHz for all service areas and 2X6.25 MHz in the Metro areas of Delhi and Mumbai. TRAI has made it further recommendations on 8th February 2011 on the pricing of the spectrum to be charged on allotments made beyond contracted spectrum. The above recommendations are under consideration by the Government.