GSMA which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide has hailed the Telecom Commission’s decision to release more spectrum in each circle in the 1800MHz band, double the level recommended by the TRAI.
“This decision is a first step in the right direction for the Indian people and economy, but is insufficient to meet the rising demand for mobile services over the long term and is still at a lower level than what is currently available”, GSMA said in as statement.
The telco body however expressed its concern over the Telecom Commission’s failure to arrive at any decision to reduce the high reserve price levels recommended by the TRAI.
“If the prices remain the same, they present a major disincentive to future investment in India and will threaten the country’s leadership in mobile technology. The GSMA also believes that spectrum usage charges should be kept at a minimum”, it said.
Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA, said, “To ensure that India’s spectrum policy meets the demands of society both now and in the future, we urgently call on the TRAI and the members of the Empowered Group of Ministers to listen to the advice given by business leaders, economists and the mobile industry, in setting a fair price for new spectrum, before making a final decision.”