TRAI norms on linking 2G spectrum prices with 3G in Oct

In May 2010, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had come up with recommendations that includes linking 2G spectrum prices with 3G rates.

After the recommendations faced severe opposition from the incumbent GSM players, TRAI had said it would study the issue (linking 2G 3G prices) and submit fresh proposals.
"We told government, that we will be apprising of our study in the next few days," TRAI Chairman J S Sarma said when asked if the regulatory body will come out with the 2G pricing norms by end of October.

TRAI's earlier recommendations included levying a one- time charge on operators holding excess 2G spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz. The regulator came up with this proposal after the auction for the third generation airwaves earlier this year fetched the government a whopping Rs 54,000 crore.

Besides the proposal on 2G pricing, TRAI is also planning to come up with a set of regulations by this month to curb the menace of unsolicited commercial communications.
The sectoral regulator is also planning to come up with recommendations on the National Broadband Plan by the end of this month.

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