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TRAI upholds continued usage of spectrum cap

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a paper (pdf) outlining issues relating to spectrum cap and maximum spectrum holding by telecom service providers, in response to a Supreme Court interim order issues in May. According to the agency, the provision for spectrum caps on spectrum that TSPs acquire through auction or otherwise should continue. It mentions that the caps exist to prevent TSPs from acquiring large holdings of spectrum through auctions, mergers or trading, as it could lead to a non level field. As per current provisions, a cap of 25% of the total spectrum assigned in all bands put together (800/900/1800/2100/2300/2500 MHz bands) is applied, while a 50% cap within a given band in each LSA is applied. According to the TRAI there is no need to modify the existing spectrum cap. Spectrum cap All spectrum…

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