Defending its recommendations on 5G spectrum pricing, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said that its views had been finalised based on industry feedback, and it is for the individual stakeholders to decide whether to participate in the auction or not.
TRAI’s statement has come in the backdrop of Airtel’s recent announcement wherein it stated that it would not participate in the 5G spectrum auctions if the base price is fixed at Rs 4.92 billion per MHz as recommended by TRAI.
Earlier this month, the government had informed Rajya Sabha that a draft cabinet note had been prepared for the auction of the spectrum and is under consideration.
The government is planning to hold next round of spectrum auction in April-May 2020. This will also include radiowaves for 5G services. The Digital Communications Commission has already approved reserve price recommended by TRAI and now it has being placed before the Cabinet for the final approval.