The Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing has issued a notification to amend guidelines for liberalisation of spectrum in 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. The new guidelines will specifically be applicable for liberalisation of the spectrum in circles where auction determined price was not available.
The change to these guidelines was cleared by the Cabinet earlier this month, and as an interim measure, called for the most recently recommended reserve price by Trai to be taken as the provisional price for liberalisation of the said airwaves.
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This move is likely to enable Reliance Communications to liberalise its spectrum holding in four telecom circles — Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, where auction determined price is not available, for approximately Rs 1,300 crore.
Liberalised spectrum allows telecom service providers to use any technology to deliver mobile services like 3G and 4G. Besides, the companies will be able to share and trade the airwaves with other operators.