The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has said that telecom operators are still hopeful of reduction in base price of spectrum for the next round of auction.
Earlier in May 2020, the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) had approved the spectrum auction plan and the cumulative floor price of Rs 5.22 trillion for the airwaves to be sold. However, this is subjected to the Union Cabinet approval.
COAI, on its part, has been doing regular follow-up on promises made by the government in National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP), 2018. Moreover, as per sources, industry players have been requesting the government to reduce levies and fees as was promised under NDCP 2018 and also rationalise spectrum prices.