In the first official comments on the auction after the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) meeting, Rajaraman said: “Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has placed quite a robust set of recommendations which will allow the market to participate very actively at the next auction.
DCC, the telecoms department’s top decision-making body, stuck to the telecoms regulator’s recommended base prices for 5G airwaves on Tuesday, while backing a telecoms department panel on the auctioning of waves for 20 years aimed at limiting the financial outflows of a telco. The DCC, an interdepartmental panel chaired by the telecoms secretary, is also of the opinion that the millimeter wave spectrum in the 27.5-28.5 GHz range – also highly sought after by satellite communication players – should be kept the 5G gap. spectrum auction. The views of the DCC will now have to be approved by the cabinet.
An official familiar with the matter said the DoT “finalized the cabinet memo today (Wednesday) and after clearance or approval from the minister, it will be submitted to the cabinet for a decision possibly next week.”
The DCC’s position is a blow for telecommunications operators who were demanding a sharp drop in the basic price as well as a 30-year term for the use of the spectrum. Operators are calling for a 90% drop in base 5G prices, compared to an average 39% cut on 2018 prices recommended by Trai last month.