While delinking telecom spectrum from licences,the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Monday suggested division of licences into national,district and service levels. These suggestions are part of Trai recommendations on Unified Licence/Class Licence and Migration of Existing Licences.
In the framework of unified licence regime,Trai has recommended one-time non-refundable entry fee fixed at Rs 15 crore for National level Unified Licence; Rs 1 crore for each Service area level Unified Licence and Rs 10 lakh for each district level Unified Licence. The entry fees for Jammu & Kashmir and North East Service areas will be Rs 50 lakh each,Trai said. Also,the regulator has recommended that it should be entrusted with the function of granting all types of Unified licence.
This is important because in February,Supreme Court had given Trai last chance to come out with recommendations and frame rules for the sector.
This was preceded by an October 2011 letter from the department of telecom in which it had asked the regulator to come up with the guidelines.
Trai has also recommended ways of enhancing resources without shifting to 11-digit mobile phone numbers,though what these steps are wasnt mentioned immediately.
The regulator also suggested the networth requirement of telecom operators wanting to operate under the various licences.