It’s not clear yet when the government will push ahead with the next round of spectrum auctions. Pricing continues to be a prickly issue, and it will decide the game plan of telecom companies. It’s wait and watch for the operators. A methodology adopted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to determine the reserve price of
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active participation by telcos. The government must sort out regulatory and policy issues — such as spectrum-usage charges, licence fees, universal service obligation (USO) fund, and settlement of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) debate — and focus on financial stability of telcos. This will ensure an active participation in auctions by telcos, leading to a smooth transition to next-gen technologies.