New Delhi: India’s Telecom Commission expects to conclude discussions within a week on proposals from the country’s telecoms regulator on pricing of second-generation spectrum and mergers and acquisitions in the sector, a top official said on Monday.
“We have not taken any final decision,” R. Chandrashekhar, the top bureaucrat in the telecoms ministry told reporters after a meeting of the commission, the highest decision-making body within the telecoms ministry.
The commission will meet again on 1 Dec to consider the proposals, he said.
This month, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) proposed a relaxation of rules for M&A in the telecoms sector in a move to facilitate a long-awaited consolidation in the 15-player market, among other recommendations.
The regulator had also proposed steep increases in spectrum prices and a one-time fee on spectrum beyond 6.2 megahertz, that drew howls of protest from carriers.
The regulator’s proposals have to be approved by the telecoms ministry to become law.