TRAI says has done nothing wrong; GSM operators up in arms

TRAI says has done nothing wrong; GSM operators up in arms

New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI on 5 September dismissed mobile operators’ allegations of being non- transparent while recommending criteria to allocate spectrum to existing players and said it has not violated any law.

On the other hand, GSM players’ lobby Cellular Operators Association of India is considering approaching the Department of Telecom against TRAI’a recommendations, saying the regulator did not consult them before finalising its report.

“We are a regulator and expected to ensure enforcement of law.We cannot even dream of violating the law," TRAI officials said on condition of anonymity.

COAI Director General T.V. Ramchandran said even the calculations done by TRAI for the purpose of allocation of additional spectrum were “ridiculous" and accused the regulator of bypassing the consultation procedure.

Asked whether COAI would challenge the recommendations, Ramachandran said: “We are studying all available options. We shall make presentation to DoT first as TRAI has made only recommendations and DoT is yet to accept or reject it."

TRAI Chairman Nripendra Misra refused to comment on the allegations made by the private operators.

The regulator had on 29 August suggested framing a new spectrum allocation criteria for mobile operators as part of its recommendations on review of licence terms for companies. It had asked the government to enhance the present subscriber norms for spectrum allocation and also suggested raising the spectrum prices for GSM players.