New Delhi: In its reply to a petition submitted before the Delhi high court, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has defended the government’s move to allot spectrum with licence to new entrants on a first-come, first-served basis, saying that this would ensure a level playing field.
Trai has submitted that although it favoured the auctioning of 2G spectrum, it would have been difficult that players were given spectrum at different times.
Trai further contended that in the first phase, the department of telecom (DoT) had auctioned licences with start-up spectrum in 2001-02.
“In the 2G band, the allocation through auction may not be possible as the service providers were allocated spectrum at different times of their license and the amount of spectrum with them varies... Therefore, to decide the cut off after which the spectrum is auctioned will be difficult and might raise the issue of level playing field,” Trai submitted.
In August 2007, Trai asked the DoT to determine the fresh market price of the licences.