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Tuesday , September 4 , 2012
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Telecom licence norms

New Delhi, Sept. 3 (PTI): The Telecom Commission is expected to finalise by Friday the guidelines for licences that are to be issued to new players that win spectrum in the auction in November.

“By Friday, we expect that the final recommendation of the commission in respect of the unified licences in all aspect that will be relevant for the purpose of the auction will be available,” Telecom Commission chairman R. Chandrashekhar said.

The new licences will do away with different kinds of permits that are issued to telecom companies for offering various services. Unlike earlier licences for mobile services, the new permits will not have spectrum bundled with them.

He said the issue related to migration of licences of existing players and bringing telecom tower companies under the licensing regime would be decided at a slightly later date.

“One of the views that was taken in today’s meeting was that of the large set of recommendations, we should prioritise and focus on those aspects which require immediate decision in the context of the auctions,” he said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has proposed to bring telecom tower companies under the licensing regime and estimated that the move will fetch the government revenues of around Rs 1,900 crore per year.