`We recommended auction of spectrum excluding 2G`

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recommended in August, 2007, that scarce radio waves, excluding 2G spectrum, should be auctioned.

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India (TRAI) had recommended in August, 2007, that scarce
radio waves, excluding 2G spectrum, should be auctioned and
the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) was informed about it,
ex-TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra today told a Delhi court.

Misra, who was recording his statement as a prosecution
witness in the 2G case, said TRAI had in its August 28, 2007,
recommendations said the radio waves, excluding the 2G
spectrum, should be auctioned to ensure its efficient
utilisation.

He, however, added there was no formal consultation
between him and the PMO on the issue.

He said that during his tenure as the TRAI chief, he had
apprised the PMO about the recommendations which were under
consideration before the MOC&IT and Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting.

"I visited the PMO as the Chairman, TRAI. I apprised the
PMO regarding the (TRAI) recommendations dated August 28, 2007
and also gave the list of TRAI recommendations under
consideration of the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry
of Information and Broadcasting," Misra told Special CBI Judge
O P Saini who is exclusively hearing the case on a day-to-day
basis.

"There is no formal consultation between the PMO and the
Chairman, TRAI. I went over there to apprise the PMO of the
list of recommendations under consideration before the
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MOC&IT)
and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," he said.

According to the chargesheet, TRAI`s August 28, 2007,
recommendations said radio waves, excluding the 2G spectrum,
being a scarce resource, should be auctioned and no cap should
be placed on the number of the access service providers in any
service area.

PTI

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