Amid divergent views expressed by mobile operators, TRAI on Tuesday asked the government to take its views or clarifications in case of difference of opinion on spectrum-related issues.
TRAI had last week submitted detailed recommendations on Spectrum Management and Licensing Framework, in which it suggested pricing the excess spectrum held by GSM operators at a cost in relation to 3G airwaves, auction for which is on.
In a letter to Telecom Secretary P J Thomas, TRAI Chairman JS Sarma said: "...As such, if the Department of Telecom (DoT) has any difference of opinion on any of the those recommendations, the same may be referred back to us for the Authority's views, before the DoT takes a decision."
TRAI's letter comes in the wake of strong opposition by GSM operators to the recommendations, especially to the pricing of spectrum held beyond 6.2 MHz and capping the amount of spectrum at 8 MHz in each circle other than in Delhi and Mumbai, where the limit is 10 MHz.
Sarma said that all the recommendations are "integral". Sarma's remark could mean there should not be a situation where some of its recommendations are accepted while rejecting others.