GSMA Statement on Empowered Group of Ministers Meeting on Spectrum Auction
NEW DELHI, July 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA believes that while the price range recommended by the Empowered Group of Ministers could place spectrum at a fairer price than was recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority, it is still high in terms of international best practice and could hinder continued investment in mobile technology in India.
The GSMA also believes that spectrum usage charges should be kept at a minimum.
Anne Bouverot , Director General of the GSMA commented: "The Empowered Group of Ministers has taken the advice of India's business leaders, economists and mobile industry in consideration. However, this price range is still prohibitive and we remain concerned that over the long term it will hamper the delivery of high quality, affordable and innovative mobile services across the country. Alongside our member operators, we urge the Cabinet to adhere to international best practice when taking a final decision, to bring the greatest benefits to India's economy, society and its people."
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 Congress.
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