Model code to delay spectrum trading by 3-4 months: Montek
Quotes

Model code to delay spectrum trading by 3-4 months: Montek

Last Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014, 21:55
 
 Comment 0
 
Model code to delay spectrum trading by 3-4 months: Montek
New Delhi: Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Friday said operationalisation of the model code of conduct would delay spectrum sharing and trading by three to four months though the government had in principle approved the concept.

"Government has accepted that spectrum trading is good thing. I believe TRAI has put some guidelines. Telecom Commission is yet to pronounce on it. This might get delayed because model code of conduct is in place by 3-4 months," he said while speaking at a seminar on Indian Telecom sector.

Presently, government allocates spectrum to telecom firms on the basis of auction. Once the trading is permitted, the companies will be able to sell spectrum to the other telecom licence holders.

It is expected the spectrum trade will encourage optimal use of radiowaves by telecom operators.

Referring to spectrum usage charge, Ahluwalia said it is very high as compared to the rates in other countries.

"...5 percent SUC is very high...Much higher than in other countries," he said.

Spectrum usage charge (SUC) earlier ranged between 3 to 8 percent for mobile operators, while for firms with Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum such as those of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Tikona, it is 1 percent.

The charge is levied annually by the government as a percentage of revenue earned from telecom services.

The Empowered Group of Minister of telecom, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram decided to charge SUC at flat rate 5 percent on spectrum acquired through auction.


PTI

First Published: Friday, March 7, 2014, 21:55


Comments


comments powered by Disqus
Forbes 2015 Rich List
Forbes 2015 Rich List
Audi TT Coupé
Audi TT Coupé
Shanghai Auto Show 2015
Shanghai Auto Show 2015
PM Narendra Modi in France
PM Narendra Modi in France
PM Modi`s Make in India push in Germany
PM Modi`s Make in India push in Germany

Web Wrap
Contact Us : Privacy Policy : Legal Disclaimer
Copyright © Zee Media Corporation Ltd. All rights reserved