Reliance Jio has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to set up a mandatory schedule for periodic spectrum auctions to ensure that telecom operators do not have to wait long for radiowaves to meet their network requirements.

According to Jio, the four-year gap in spectrum auction by the government is not rational and leads to huge amount of spectrum remaining unutilised and unproductive. Spectrum auctions in India were held every year between 2012 to 2016. However, no auctions have been held in the last four years.

Earlier, the operator had also written to the government questioning the Department of Telecommunication’s reason behind pausing the policy of annual spectrum auctions and said the sale of airwaves should be held at the earliest to meet the demand for data services.

Jio has said that spectrum worth Rs 3.92 trillion is lying unused with the DoT for auction.