The price range recommended by the empowered group of ministers could place spectrum at a fairer price than was recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority, it is still high in terms of international best practice and could hinder continued investment in mobile technology in India, according to the GSMA.
The GSMA also believes that spectrum usage charges should be kept at a minimum.
“The Empowered Group of Ministers has taken the advice of India’s business leaders, economists and mobile industry in consideration. However, this price range is still prohibitive and we remain concerned that over the long term it will hamper the delivery of high quality, affordable and innovative mobile services across the country. Alongside our member operators, we urge the Cabinet to adhere to international best practice when taking a final decision, to bring the greatest benefits to India’s economy, society and its people,” Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA, said.