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Govt may ask TRAI to review spectrum trading, sharing recos

In what would come as a jolt to the telecom sector, the government may ask the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a fresh view on spectrum trading and sharing recommendations, which are expected to be notified this year.

In what would come as a jolt to the telecom sector, the government may ask the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to provide a fresh view on spectrum trading and sharing recommendations, which are expected to be notified this year.

Sources have told CNBC-TV18’s Malvika Jain that the government believes that some of the recommendations put out as working guidelines last year were “counterproductive and impractical” and that they do not factor in government interest or implementation hurdles.

The TRAI had issued working guidelines for spectrum trading in January 2014 and those on spectrum sharing in July last year.

The introduction of spectrum trading and sharing norms are expected to help telecom operators to utilize spectrum more efficiently.

But sources said the Department of Telecom (which comes under the Telecom Ministry) believes that the working guidelines were based merely following a process of public consultation, which attracts views mostly from vested interests.

Further, the DoT may conduct separate public consultations on important matters, it is learnt.

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