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Raja defends the price allotted to the new players

Communications minister A. Raja on Thursday defended in the Rajya Sabha his ministry’s decision to allot 2G spectrum to the new entrants on the basis of prices decided in 2001.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2009 20:08 IST
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Communications minister A. Raja on Thursday defended in the Rajya Sabha his ministry’s decision to allot 2G spectrum to the new entrants on the basis of prices decided in 2001.

“Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its recommendations dated 28.08.2007 has not recommended any change in the entry fee for unified access service (UAS) licence,” said Raja in a written reply. ”Raja has also cited a TRAI letter dated May 26, 2008 to the department of telecommunications (DoT) to prove his point.

“Keeping in view the objective of growth, affordability, penetration of wireless services in semi-urban and rural areas and principle of level playing field and opportunity for equal competition between the incumbents and new entrants, the TRAI recommended the same entry fee as was taken from the fourth cellular operator for grant of cellular mobile telecom service (CMTS) licence in the year 2001.”