TRAI releases consultation paper on Methodology of applying SUG under the weighted average method of SUC assessment in cases of Spectrum sharing

Apr 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on April 22, 2020 releases consultation paper on Methodology of applying Spectrum Usage Charges (SUG) under the weighted average method of SUC assessment in cases of Spectrum sharing.

The spectrum is a scarce natural resource and with growing digitalization and uptake of Internet of Things (IoT), demand for spectrum has been increasing and will continue to rise. The basic objective of spectrum sharing is to enhance spectral efficiency by combining or pooling the spectrum holding of two licensees. If two licensees pool their spectrum holding, spectral efficiency increases nonlinearly that is data rate achievable with 10 MHz of spectrum block is much higher than two separate blocks of 5 MHz each. The sharing of spectrum can also provide additional network capacities in places where there is network congestion due to spectrum crunch. The spectrum sharing works on the technology of carrier aggregation. The carrier aggregation could be of the following types:

a) Intra-band contiguous blocks

b) Intra-band non-contiguous blocks

c) Inter-band

TRAI invites written comments on the Consultation Paper are invited from the stakeholders by May 20, 2020 and counter-comments by June 03, 2020. The comments and counter-comments will be posted on TRAI’s website: www.trai.gov.in. The comments and counter-comments, if any, may be sent, preferably in electronic form, to Shri Syed Tausif Abbas, Advisor (Networks, Spectrum and Licensing), TRAI at [email protected]. For any clarification or information, he may be contacted by telephone: +91-11- 23210481.


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