While the Trai may have reduced the reserve price by 43 per cent for 700 MHz compared to the 2016 levels, it’s still on the higher side. At Rs 6,568 cr per MHz, operators will have to shell out Rs 32,840 crore for a pan-India 5 MHz.
The recommendations by TRAI on “data empowerment” fall under the broader concept of what is defined by a section of the technology industry as “India Two” — 100 million families that have an annual household income between Rs 2 and 5.5 lakh.
Since many users are still using feature phones, they are paying for voice services as a separate item. Once the migration to smartphones picks up, they would, too, begin using bundled packs causing the average outgo to fall further.
In May, Trai had released the draft Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation (TCCCPR), 2018 to check the menace of unsolicited commercial communication, or spam calls and messages.