TRAI has issued a consultation paper to revise the spectrum charges on telecom operator BSNL that offers satellite-based phone services.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), has invited public views on a calculation of spectrum charges for satellite-based services using systems installed in India under a special licence category.
This follows the Department of Telecom (DoT) seeking Trai’s recommendation on BSNL’s request to change the present method of levying spectrum charges on its satellite services as they are too expensive for subscribers.
Trai has favoured that upfront formula-based spectrum charges be replaced with adjusted gross revenue based fees when it comes to BSNL’s satellite services through INMARSAT.
The Global Satellite Phone (GSP) service is being provided by BSNL to end consumers and is mainly harnessed for remote area communication and emergency services. So far, these services are largely being availed by a defence, Railways, disaster management agencies, and maritime agencies. The company had submitted that due to heavy spectrum charges, the service is not affordable.
On Wednesday the TRAI said in a consultation paper -“BSNL has been requesting to change the present methodology of spectrum charging from formula-based to Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) based for the provision…this consultation paper has been prepared to discuss the issues involved.”
The satellite phone service of BSNL caters to government departments. The company was given licence under ‘sui generis’ category to meet the requirement of security forces on an urgent basis.