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India will be first to hold satellite spectrum auction: Trai Chairman

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India will be the first country to auction spectrum for communication, and it should be designed to attract investments in the sector, telecom regulator chairman PD Vaghela said on Tuesday.


Speaking at a Broadband India Forum summit on SatCom, Vaghela said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will soon make recommendations to make permissions required for communication from various ministries — Information and Broadcasting, Space and Telecom — seamless to enhance ease of doing business in the sector.


He also said has received a reference from the Department of Telecommunication for the spectrum required to be put to auction and associated aspects of satellite-based communication.


“I think India will be the first to handle the issue of auctioning the space base spectrum. We are working on it,” Vaghela said.


will be coming out with some sort of model for the auction of space spectrum, he added.


“But it should not kill the sector. That is very important. Any system that we will be bringing is to actually encourage and promote investment in the sector, and not increase any burden. I mean, that is the biggest challenge which we have, and we are conscious of that fact,” Vaghela said.


Trai is yet to come up with a consultation paper on the spectrum auction as per the standard process meant for communication.


When asked about the status of the paper, Vaghela said that Trai is in discussion with experts and regulators worldwide for a suitable model and the consultation paper will be floated after those discussions are over.


While telecom operators have proposed to allocate spectrum through an auction for satellite communication, satellite industry players have opposed it.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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