The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today in its recommendations for new telecom licensing regime said it should be entrusted with the function of issuing unified licences after delinking them from spectrum.
"In the new licensing regime, as the spectrum has been delinked from the licence, it has been recommended that Trai should be entrusted with the function of granting all types of unified licences," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its recommendations on 'Guidelines for Unified Licence/Class Licence and Migration of Existing Licences'.
These guidelines are vital for telecom companies whose licences have been cancelled by Supreme Court in February. Trai has communicated the guidelines to Department of Telecommunication (DoT) for consideration.
Once approved, telecom companies can apply for telecom licences without owning spectrum and can perform businesses that can be carried out without using spectrum.
For unified licence framework, Trai has recommended that there shall be three levels, namely National level, Service area level and District level.
Trai recommended one time non-refundable entry fee for unified licence shall be Rs 15 crore for National level, Rs 1 crore for each Service area level unified licences, except for Jammu and Kashmir and North East service areas where entry fee will be Rs 50 lakh each.
For each district level unified licence, the regulator has requested non-refundable entry fee of Rs 10 lakh.