Spectrum price issue: DoT to approach Cabinet in 3-4 weeks

Spectrum price issue: DoT to approach Cabinet in 3-4 weeks Barcelona: The Department of Telecom (DoT) will approach the Cabinet on the issue of spectrum pricing and other issues in the next next three to four weeks.

"I will go to Cabinet in next 3 to 4 weeks for spectrum pricing and certain (other) issues," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said while speaking on different issue of concerning the Indian telecom industry at a function on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress.

The Telecom Ministry is working on the controversial one-time charge for extra spectrum held by old operators and a host of other issues like spectrum pricing and auctions.

Old GSM operators have been opposing a one-time charge for extra spectrum held by them beyond 6.2 MHz, saying the allocation of airwaves was as per the policy of the government from time-to-time.

Trai had recommended that each Mhz of additional spectrum held by operators above 6.2 MHz should entail a one-time cost of Rs 4,571.87 crore pan-India.

The government has already announced that in future, additional spectrum will be allotted through the auction route. However, pricing in such a scenario is also yet to be announced.

Also, decision on spectrum pricing in case of sharing of the airwaves is yet to be taken.

PTI