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Incremental SUC fee ought to apply on holding in shared band, not all: Trai on spectrum sharing

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NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator Trai has clarified that in instances involving sharing of radiowaves, the stipulated increment of 0.5 per cent on SUC fee ought to apply solely on spectrum holding within the particular band the place sharing is going down, not on the complete spectrum holding of the licensee.
Trai has additionally really helpful that appropriate exit clause for intimation of termination of present spectrum-sharing association by the operators be included within the spectrum sharing tips.
This is able to provide flexibility to telecom service providers to handle their spectrum on want and industrial foundation, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) mentioned in a press release.
“It’s clarified that as per the prevailing spectrum-sharing tips, an increment of 0.5 per cent on spectrum utilization fees (SUC) fee ought to apply on the spectrum holding in particular band wherein sharing is going down, and never on the complete spectrum holding (all bands) of the licensee,” the regulator mentioned.
The suggestions are final result of session paper titled “Methodology of making use of spectrum utilization fees below the weighted common technique of SUC evaluation in instances of spectrum sharing” that was floated by Trai in April this yr.
The telecom division, in January, had mentioned the prevailing norms for sharing of entry spectrum by operators present that the SUC fee of every of the licencees put up sharing will increase by 0.5 per cent of the Adusted Gross income (AGR).
The division of telecom (DoT) additionally knowledgeable that it has acquired representations requesting that incremental SUC fee of 0.5 per cent put up sharing ought to be utilized solely to the actual spectrum band which has been allowed to be shared between the 2 licencees and never on the complete spectrum held by licencees, since sharing is allowed in a specific band.
It’s on this background that DoT requested Trai to furnish its suggestions on whether or not the incremental 0.5 per cent in SUC fee in instances of sharing of spectrum ought to be utilized solely on the precise band wherein sharing is going down; or on the general Weighted Common Fee of SUC, which has been derived from all bands.

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