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TRAI to hold consultation on 4G spectrum allocation to BSNL and MTNL

March 27, 2019
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is soon planning to start a consultation process for 4G spectrum allocation to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited (MTNL).

The move comes after the TRAI recently received a reference from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL. In this regard, the TRAI is planning to issue a consultation paper and hold open house discussions on the issue.

The open house discussion is expected to cover various issues including whether BSNL and MTNL should be given spectrum without auction (as they cannot bid along with private operators) and also on the issue of allocation of administrative spectrum, price and quantum of 4G spectrum to BSNL.

Earlier, BSNL and MTNL had requested the government to allot them spectrum for 4G services in lieu of equity. BSNL had sought 4G spectrum through equity infusion of Rs 70 billion across India in order to help it compete in the market.

To this end, the Digital Communication Commission has sought TRAI’s view on the public sector units’ demand for spectrum.

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