New Delhi: Broadcast regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Wednesday proposed allowing 74% foreign direct investment (FDI) in mobile television services and favoured a bidding process for allocation of licenses for this service.
The telecom firms need not seek a fresh licence for starting mobile TV services on their own network.
The license fee should be charged at 4% of gross revenue for each year or 10% of the reserve one time entry fee limit for the concerned license area, whichever is higher, Trai said in its recommendations to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Apart from Doordarshan, private mobile TV operators may be assigned at least one slot of 8 MHz each for mobile TV operation in UHF Band V from 585 MHz to 806 MHz. Such spectrum would enable each mobile TV operator to offer about 15 video channels through the terrestrial broadcast route, Trai said.
For better utilization of spectrum, the sharing of terrestrial transmission infrastructure of Doordarshan should be permitted on mutual agreement basis in a non-discriminatory manner. Similarly, the mobile TV operators will also be obliged to offer their infrastructure for sharing.
The choice of broadcasting technology should be left to the service provider, it said.
The licenses for mobile television services should be granted through a closed tender system on the basis of one time entry fees quoted by the bidders.
The allocation of spectrum to mobile television licensees should be automatic for successful bidders and should not require any further selection process.
Such licensees would be required to pay the usual spectrum usage charges, as stipulated by the Wireless Planning Coordination wing of Department of Telecom in consultation with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The tenure of mobile television licenses should be for 10 years.
No mobile television licensee should allow any broadcasting company or group of broadcasting companies to collectively hold or own more than 20% of the total paid up equity in it at any time during the license period, it said.