DoT plans enhancement fee on spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz
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Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 22:08
New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT)is planning to impose a one-time 2G spectrum enhancement fee on those operators holding radiowaves beyond 6.2 Mhz.

Since barring the new operators all the existing licencees have over 6.2 Mhz spectrum, if the proposal is implemented, all of them will have to pay it.

Sectoral regulator TRAI is all set to give its recommendations on the overall spectrum management this month besides reviewing the licensing conditions, and spectrum enhancement fee forms a part of its proposal.

According to a senior DoT official, this one-time fee will be based on the market valuation of spectrum and will be in addition to the spectrum usage charges. The official added that the proposed fee will be applicable only on additional spectrum allocation and not for start-up spectrum.

An internal DoT letter shows that the department is planning to get the views of the Commerce Ministry before taking it up with the Telecom Commission. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce Ministry, has sought more time to give its views on it.

According to the letter, the issue was discussed at the Telecom Commission meeting on November 11.

At present, GSM and CDMA operators get 4.4 MHz and 2.5 MHz respectively of start-up radio frequencies per circle to launch operations, which come bundled with the licence.

However, since the licence entitles each player to a minimum of 6.2 MHz spectrum/circle, the DoT has also decided to extend this one-time fee for this additional allocation of 1.8 MHz.


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 22:08

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