The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on the rationalisation of entry fee for telecom licences and clubbing of financial and performance bank guarantees.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), through its letter dated March 3, 2022, had informed TRAI that as per the current unified licence/unified licence for virtual network operators regime, there is a provision of different entry fees and two separate bank guarantees, that is, financial bank guarantee and performance bank guarantee, for each service authorisation. In view of this, the DoT had suggested that the entry fee should be reduced and made uniform across all authorisations, and both bank guarantees should be merged. The DoT had requested the recommendations of TRAI in this regard.

To this end, the consultation paper released by TRAI raises specific issues on the subject and seeks input from the stakeholders. Written comments on the issues raised are invited from the stakeholders by August 23, 2022, and counter-comments by September 6, 2022.