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May 6, 2008  |  Email This Article   |  Print This Article

TRAI issues spectrum consultation

NEW DELHI (WiMAX Day). The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a a consultation paper on the allocation and pricing for the auction of 3G and WiMAX spectrum. The frequencies under consideration in the document include 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz. The TRAI document questions whether or not the pricing for these frequencies should be based at levels for BWA (broadband wireless access) licenses, which are normally for fixed services, or if pricing should be on par with 3G mobility licenses. Regardless of price, the TRAI noted that the spectrum should be auctioned on the basis of technology neutrality, but it could also be auctioned only for BWA. “With the identification of these bands in the IMT family, there is a strong possibility of availability of equipments for both 3G and BWA technologies in these bands in near future…. However, in view of the compulsion for need for increasing penetration of broadband in the country, limited availability of spectrum in the identified bands of 2.5-2.69 GHz and 2.3-2.4 GHz and more importantly the fact that today no spectrum has been allocated especially for the growth of broadband wireless technologies, one of the view is that in slight variance with the international practices, why not to consider these bands for use of only BWA technologies for the time being. Based on future developments this can be reviewed”