Disappointed with TRAI recommendations on 5G spectrum; Prices too high: COAI

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These recommendations are “a step backwards rather than forward” in building a digitally connected India, COAI said in a statement

These recommendations are “a step backwards rather than forward” in building a digitally connected India, COAI said in a statement

The industry body Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) on Tuesday expressed deep disappointment with the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 5G and described the spectrum prices proposed by the regulator as “too high”.

Given the government’s recent announcement of telecom sector reforms, these recommendations are “a step backwards rather than forward” in building a digitally connected India, COAI said in a statement.

COAI is an industry umbrella organization and its membership includes Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea.

In a statement, COAI said it was disappointed with TRAI recommendations on 5G frequency bands.

The TRAI-recommended pricing for frequencies is too high, it said.

“Throughout the consultation process, the industry had made extensive arguments for a significant reduction in spectrum prices based on global research and benchmarks.

“The industry has recommended a 90% lower price and it is deeply disappointing to only see around 35% to 40% of the recommended price cut,” the association said.

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