TRAI has released a consultation paper on Method of allocation of spectrum for Public Mobile Radio Trunking Service (PMRTS), including auction, as a transparent mechanism.
TRAI received a reference form the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) vide its letter dated July 13, 2017. Through the reference, DoT has requested TRAI to provide its recommendations on method of allocation of spectrum for PMRTS including auction, as a transparent mechanism with applicable reserve price, and other associated conditions for auction of spectrum for PMRT services under the terms of clause 11 (1) (a) of TRAI Act, 1997 (as amended). The Authority has decided to issue the CP keeping all the options of allocation of spectrum open for consultation of the stakeholders.
The CP, apart from the aspects of methodology of allocation of spectrum has also elaborated on the issues viz. duration of license, assignment of spectrum (throughout the license area or city wise), preferable frequency bands for PMRT services, block size, reserve price, spectrum cap etc. The practices adopted in few countries have also been discussed.