Telecom heads to meet Sibal to expresses concerns over recommendations

Telecom heads to meet Sibal to expresses concerns over recommendationsThe heads from the four leading telecom companies in the country are set to meet Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday to convey their opposition and express concerns over the recommendations given by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 2 G spectrum allocation.

Bharti Airtel Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Bharti Mittal, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas and Idea Cellular Chairman Kumar Managalam Birla will hold a meeting with Mr. Sibal on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The TRAI has proposed a reserve price of Rs 3,622 crore for 1MHz of pan-India 2G spectrum in the 1800 megahertz band as against Rs 380 crore, which was set for auctions in 2008. Telecom service providers and experts say that if the recommended reserve price is accepted then this could increase costs for the players and will ultimately make service more expensive for the consumers.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) have also released a joint statement saying that recommendations are shocking and described them as being arbitrary, regressive and inconsistent.

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