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GSMA Statement on Telecom Commission of India Decision on Spectrum

PR Newswire

DELHI, India, May 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA welcomes the Telecom Commission's decision to release more spectrum in each circle in the 1800MHz band, double the level recommended by the TRAI. This decision is a first step in the right direction for the Indian people and economy, but is insufficient to meet the rising demand for mobile services over the long term and is still at a lower level than what is currently available.

However, the GSMA is greatly concerned that the Telecom Commission has not made a decision to reduce the high reserve price levels recommended by the TRAI. If the prices remain the same, they present a major disincentive to future investment in India and will threaten the country's leadership in mobile technology. The GSMA also believes that spectrum usage charges should be kept at a minimum.

Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA, commented: "To ensure that India's spectrum policy meets the demands of society both now and in the future, we urgently call on the TRAI and the members of the Empowered Group of Ministers to listen to the advice given by business leaders, economists and the mobile industry, in setting a fair price for new spectrum, before making a final decision."

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com.

SOURCE GSMA

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