New Delhi: The department of telecommunications, or DoT, plans to ask the country’s telecom regulator for its views on licence related recommendations made by a committee on allocation of spectrum , or radio waves, to phone firms in its report on 13 May.
DoT is seeking advice of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or Trai, for recommendations on a number of issues including whether it is possible to issue new UAS (universal access service) licences without bundling spectrum as is the practice at present. “If yes, what should be the entry fee and other terms and conditions for such UAS licences,” according to a draft of the department’s letter, reviewed by ‘Mint’. The UAS licence, valid for 20 years, currently comes bundled with 4.4MHz of spectrum. The Trai Act of 1997 says all phone firm licensing issues have to be dealt with only after the regulator gives its recommendations. Trai has 60 days to submit its recommendations after the government asks for its advice.