Telecom Regulatory Authority of India aka TRAI have recommended the pan-India 2G Spectrum allocation by 6 folds of price of 2001. TRAI have recommended for Rs.10,972.45 Crore against Rs.1,658 Crore being paid by Operators now at present.
If the operators needs additional 1Mhz spectrum , the operators should pay Rs 4,571.87 Crore for pan-India 1Mhz and this value differs from circle to circle , where the operator needs only additional spectrum in that circle .
Many Operators Like Idea Cellular,Vodafone,Airtel have slammed TRAI such kind of recommendations. This will make mobile telephony more costlier than at present . Whereas many of the operators like Airtel,Vodafone is to renew its licenses for its 2G Services.
Idea Cellular said in a statement “TRAI recommendations on 2G spectrum pricing were flawed and adopting them would be like “slaughtering the goose laying golden eggs of progress“”We are dismayed by the continual flip-flops in policy formulation in the telecom sector. In the same breath, the principles of transparency and auction-based spectrum pricing are touted, whereas arbitrary and unreal administered numbers are sought to be portrayed as ‘market based”.
Vodafone Essar and Bharti Airtel also slammed TRAI move on Increasing the 2G Pan-India Spectrum Price by 6 Times.