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Trai recommends pan-India 2G spectrum fee at Rs 10,972 cr

In its much awaited report, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today recommended Rs 10,972 crore for a pan-India 2G licence with 6.2 Mhz spectrum. The recommendation is in line with estimated loss as computed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the 2G spectrum allocation.

This implies that the six new pan-India licences given out in 2008 could fetch Rs 65,834.7 for the exchequer along with additional revenue from other firms who received license for fewer circles. CAG had pegged the losses at Rs 1.76 lakh crore. This figure included new licences, dual technology licences and revenues from additional spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz. BSNL, Bharti and Vodafone hold spectrum in excess of 6.2 Mhz.

Trai, in a letter to the telecom department, has also recommended ‘one-time’ entry fee for additional spectrum beyond 6.2 Mhz. It has classified valuation of spectrum in two categories — first, for spectrum up to contracted limit of 6.2 Mhz and second for additional airwaves.

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