Trai to Finalise Recommendations on Next Spectrum Auction Soon

R S Sharma, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Chairman today stated that they are in the middle of consulting various international agencies and experts on the next spectrum auction in India. Trai is hoping to finalise the recommendations on spectrum auction soon, Sharma said. Currently, the regulator is in the process of finalising the recommendations, and a meeting on the same was held last week. “There is a lot of work being done. We are consulting international agencies, consultants we well as experts and we will come out with our recommendations soon,” Sharma told PTI.


But Sharma did not reveal any specific timeframe for finalising the recommendations though. But it was earlier reported that the government is planning for massive spectrum auction this time around by bringing the 3000 MHz radiowaves. The Trai already released a Consultation Paper on Spectrum Auction in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300-3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands. The consultation paper was released last year, but there’s no update on when the spectrum auction is going to be held.

Trai is also expected to give its views on the timing of proposed spectrum auction. To recall, the government had a terrible spectrum auction in 2016 with telcos ignoring the spectrum in the bands of 700 MHz due to its heavy price. During that sale, the government had included a total of 2354.55 MHz of spectrum in the bands of 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz, valuating for a total base price of Rs 5.63 lakh crore. But close to 60% spectrum was unsold during that auction.

It will be interesting to see how the next spectrum auction goes because COAI, the apex industry association stated that the telcos are not ready for spectrum auction due to intense competition in the sector. At the moment, the overall debt of telcos stands at Rs 7.5 lakh crore. That said, operators will still participate in the spectrum auction because of the 5G network rollout in the country. Leading telco Bharti Airtel is already in the process of raising funds to recover from the losses incurred during the last quarter.

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AU(Airtel User)
May 7, 2018 11:26 pm 11:26 PM

Spectrum auction will take place in FY 2018-2019. Jio, Airtel and BSNL should get more 2300Mhz and 700 Mhz pan india as all high paying customers are with them.
Vodafone idea are useless operators even if they buy spectrum they cant roll out as they dont have high paying customers.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 8, 2018 1:56 am 1:56 AM

There is no spectrum available in 2300Mhz band! !!!!

AU(Airtel User)
May 8, 2018 1:28 pm 1:28 PM

LoL, there is no truth in your comments. Check your facts before you come here.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 8, 2018 5:47 pm 5:47 PM

This is screenshot of unsold spectrum in 2300Mhz in India!!!!!

Proxima Midnight
May 8, 2018 9:34 pm 9:34 PM

There is a lot, wait for DoT to release it for telecom services

May 7, 2018 9:08 pm 9:08 PM

Jio getting ready with a war chest of 60000 crores for the current year expansion.

Most of it will be for broadband & fiber roll out.

Hope they buy more spectrum to increase capacity.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 7, 2018 8:02 pm 8:02 PM

How much spectrum available across 700Mhz? How much spectrum available across 5G bands whichever government thinks is valid?

Proxima Midnight
May 8, 2018 12:05 am 12:05 AM

35mhz x22

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
May 8, 2018 1:56 am 1:56 AM

Are you sure?