Should Railways get Rs 1 lakh cr spectrum free, Trai wonders


Should Railways get Rs 1 lakh cr spectrum free, Trai wonders

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought views on the allotment of 700 MHz spectrum to the Indian Railways for free, which could fetch Rs 1 lakh crore to the government through an auction.

In a consultation paper issued on Monday, Trai said Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that while Railways has sought 15 units (10 units initially) in the 700 MHz band free of cost for an unlimited period, this spectrum (at current reserve price recommended by the telecom regulator) can fetch about Rs 1 lakh crore upfront for 20 years, during which, it would also fetch a few thousands of crores of rupees in the form of spectrum usage charge (SUC), accruable quarterly”.

Railways had asked DoT to reserve a total 15 units of 700 MHz spectrum, and initially allot 10 units free of cost, on grounds that such 4G-LTE airwaves are required for passenger security and safety in the public interest. DoT referred the matter to Trai in February. Read More

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