New Delhi: The government has amended the 3G telecom policy to allow only those having a licence or experience of running such a service to apply for spectrum, while also changing norms for levy of annual spectrum fee.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has said that any person who holds a Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) or Cellular Mobile Telecom Service Licence or who has previous experience of running 3G telecom services can bid for spectrum.
DoT has already started the process of appointing an agency to conduct auction of spectrum and by 30 September, the agency will be in place.
For those with experience of running 3G, the new condition mandates that they give an undertaking to obtain UASL as per DoT guidelines. This means that non-licence holders for 3G spectrum would have to pay Rs1,651 crore as pan-India fee.
As far as annual spectrum charges are concerned, DoT has amended the norms and now the companies would have to pay the charges at the rate of one per cent on the “incremental revenue due to 3G services” after a period of one year and the method for this shall be notified separately.
Similarly in the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services also, the DoT has amended the guidelines and introduced new frequency band of 2.3 GHz band in addition to the previously notified 2.5 GHz band for spectrum allocation.
It also changed the roll out obligations for BWA services and removed the clause of covering specific areas at the end of two years from spectrum allocation date and retained only five years periodicity for fulfilling obligations.