No Ears To Industry Concerns, TRAI Sticks To Own 2G Auction Proposal

By May 15th, 2012 AT 1:37 PM

It seems that the Regulator is in a complete state of denial and has adamantly chosen to avoid the clarifications issued by the industry and continues to rely on fallacious assumptions to arrive at an erroneous conclusion that the high reserve price will have no impact on affordability of service.

No Ears To Industry Concerns, TRAI Sticks To Own 2G Auction Proposal

On the issue of High Reserve Price and its impact on affordability, while the industry was already concerned with the erratic and irrational high reserve prices, TRAI has on the contrary suggested an increase in the spectrum usage charge from 1% to 3%. The Industry will be doomed if such recommendations come into play as consumer affordability will be severely hampered.

Even leading Financial Analysts from around the globe have pointed out the shockingly erroneous conclusions of the TRAI and have provided clarifications and calculations which tally with the ones provided by the COAI earlier. TRAI appears to be deaf on this score.

TRAI has blatantly ignored the industry representations and in its response to DoT on the clarifications sought on the recommended reserve price for auction of spectrum, has suggested otherwise to further burden the sector with its erroneous and unfair recommendations in the matter. This will have serious public interest and public policy impacts and hence would be critically detrimental to the interests of the consumers and the nation and would inadvertently mark the nail in the coffin for the already struggling industry. “A definite death knell” as stated by Mr. Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI.

It is also alarming that in spite of the concern expressed by COAI on ‘Refarming’ that would lead to Destruction of Capital and Forced Obsolescence of Infrastructure the Authority has refused to address the issue and maintained its earlier position. One cannot help but observe that the recommendations apparently seem to be resolute towards favouring a few dual technology operators. The gradual inclination/favouritism towards the dual technology operators, which has been highlighted in TRAI’s previous recommendations, has become more evident now with this parting gift in the price of 800MHz spectrum which has been arbitrarily reduced from 2 times to 1.3 times the reserve price of 1800 MHz spectrum.

COAI vehemently rejects the flawed and biased recommendations put forth by TRAI and disapproves of the discriminatory environment between dual technology operators and GSM Operators and the subsequent violations of the level playing field.

As a reader and mobile phone user whats your take on this ? Do share your views.

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Udayan
Udayan

TRAI can’t do anything..these companies shall loot by every mean and they can’t be in loss..Read out my complaint to Reliance..the dacoit among the thieves… To The Appellate Authority, RCom,Kolkata Telecom Circle Sub.: Fraudulent Deduction from three(3) Reliance GSM Numbers Sir/Madam, As I have written to your Nodal Desk earlier for quite a number of time..I am tired of writing the same again & again..Considering the same,I am providing you the tabular format of the misdeed by Reliance GSM service in Kolkata…I have raised complaints against the deductions…I am very much aware of the company policy and it gets reflected… Read more »

Prashoor Chitnis
Prashoor Chitnis

The telecom industry will have to pay a lump sum amount to 2G latest auction. They are just convincing TRAI to lower the base price, why aren’t they boycotting the auction? I know what they are upto. These companies will earn a lot of money using these spectrum. They are just fooling customers that it isn’t they who are increasing the price, it is TRAI. And why on the earth they are increasing the price already, when they have pre-allotted spectrum? It will be leased on same prices which were already present and affordable. The newer spectrum they are about… Read more »

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