Government Favours 3G Licence Fee


The Hindu Business Line: The Inidan government may favour a licence fee for 3G services. Union Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said that the government was in favour of putting an entry fee for 3G services. His statement comes a day after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a consultation paper (62-page paper here in pdf) to discuss the pricing and allocation of 3G spectrum.
“We want to make it very competitive and we do not want operators to sit over spectrum without using it. The Government will take a decision after TRAI comes out with its recommendations,” he said. The Finance Ministry is also in favour of such a move. However, some operators like Sunil Mittal of Bhart Airtel are opposing it. But Ratan Tata of Tata Teleservices created a furore when he suggested last year that there should be 3G licence fee.

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