TRAI asks for specifics on amount of 3G spectrum to be auctioned

first_imgHomeAsiaNews TRAI asks for specifics on amount of 3G spectrum to be auctioned Author Previous ArticleSony eyes further cut to smartphone sales forecast — reportNext ArticleKroes details “problem of two Europes” – digital and analogue The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has told the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) it needs to first know how much 3G spectrum will go on auction early next year for it to set a reserve price in the 2.1GHz band.On 16 October DoT requested TRAI to set the base price for the 2.1, 2.3 and 3.5GHz spectrum to be sold.But TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar (pictured) said it can’t move ahead to determine the prices since the Ministry of Defence hasn’t yet agreed to swap airwaves with DoT to free up 15MHz of 2.1GHz spectrum. He said with this additional bandwidth, the government could accommodate up to four operators across the country for 3G spectrum, the Economic Times reported.Earlier in the month Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas joined Vodafone and Bharti Airtel in calling for the government to release much-needed 3G spectrum to ensure the country’s mobile operators can keep up with soaring demand.The Times quoted Khullar as saying: “Holding auctions as is will set the industry back by three to four years.”Government officials, however, argue that given the short time frame, it will be a challenge to have an auction in all the frequency bands.GSMA, the trade association for the mobile industry, has stressed that next year’s spectrum auction is particularly crucial for India’s mobile industry and, if handled badly, could have damaging consequences.Tom Phillips, GSMA’s chief regulatory officer, said: “Failure of the existing operators to retain their current spectrum, which is due to be relicensed as part of the auction process, would not only jeopardise their businesses, but threaten the continuity of the vital mobile services they provide to citizens across the country.”And with specific reference to the 2.1GHz situation, Phillips noted: “We believe that the government should accelerate the migration of non-mobile users from the 2100MHz band, in particular the defence industry, so the spectrum can be made fully available for 3G mobile communications, in line with international standards.”Phillips noted that while the GSMA fully supports the auction plans and the need to make additional spectrum available prior to the auction, “we suggest that the government reconsider its approach to the treatment of India’s existing mobile operators, to ensure that users do not suffer any breaks in service”.The government in April announced plans to auction airwaves in two frequency bands early in 2015. The 900MHz sale will be held because operators’ 20-year licences expire, while the 1.8GHz spectrum to be auctioned was unsold in February’s auction.TRAI suggested on 15 October a base price of INR30.04 billion for the 900MHz band and INR21.38 billion as the starting price for the 1.8GHz allotment, according to a Morgan Stanley report. The 900MHz frequency will be auctioned off in 18 service areas while the 1.8GHz will be sold in 22 regions.TRAI, however, is pushing the government to hold off on the auction until more spectrum is made available across the country. Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 22 OCT 2014 WhatsApp takes more heat in India Tags center_img Joseph Waring Related 3G spectrumauctionDoTIndiaKhullar. GSMAPhillipsTrai India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more India adds detail on network equipment restrictionslast_img read more

After numerous changes, Ko back on track at KPMG

first_imgKILDEER, Ill. – Lydia Ko’s sister sees the difference when the birdie putts don’t fall now. When tee shots take a bad bounce. When approach shots veer into bunkers. Sura sees how good winning outside San Francisco two months ago continues to be for her baby sister, how important ending a two-year victory drought was in freeing up her sister. “I definitely see the change,” she said. “She’s not afraid of missing greens or fairways. She lets it go.” Ko put up a 6-under-par 66 Friday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, eight shots better than her opening round, even though she hit more fairways and more greens in that first round. She put up the low round of this championship to get into weekend contention to win her third major championship, moving just two shots off the lead through the morning wave. “Lydia’s happy, not just in golf,” Sura said. That’s the difference the family and team sees, because Lydia can put on a happy face when you wouldn’t blame her if she didn’t. You had to really know her to see how frustrated she was losing her best form. “Winning was a relief,” Sura said. It was validation, too. Full-field scores from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Articles, photos and videos It was confirmation all the hard work Lydia was putting in with her new coach, Ted Oh, was paying off since she made the switch to him before the year’s start. They both needed to see that. The whole team needed to see that. Oh followed Ko Friday at Kemper Lakes, delighting in the eight birdies she made against two bogeys. “Everything is starting to come together,” he said. “Her confidence has moved up a notch.” Ko is still feeling what she won at the Mediheal Championship. “That was a huge confidence booster for me,” Ko said. Ko’s ball striking was sharp Thursday at Kemper Lakes, but she couldn’t hole anything. She hit 11 of 14 fairways. She hit 13 greens in regulation, but she didn’t make a birdie. “The only two putts I holed outside 10 feet were putts for par,” she said. “I wasn’t putting great.” On Friday, she holed a 15-footer for birdie at the first. That set her afire. “That just gave me the confidence to say, `Hey, you can make a birdie around this golf course,’” Ko said. “I played solid.” Ko shot her 66 hitting just 10 greens in regulation. She took 30 putts in the first round, just 22 in the second. It helped chipping in for birdie at the 12th, but her putter was as hot as the weather in suburban Chicago. “I know I missed a few fairways, but I tried to put myself in good positions, and got lucky with that chip shot, too,” Ko said. Ko looks comfortable now with the changes she made under Oh, though she didn’t believe they were overly complicated, anyway. Mostly, with all the changes she made over the last two seasons, from coaches to equipment and caddies, she needed some time to get comfortable with her new swing. Ko and Oh had one top-10 finish in their first eight starts together this year. They’ve had four top 10s in their last six starts. Oh said it’s all been about simplifying her swing. He got rid of her little bump moving off the ball. He pared away extra movements, and he tried to get her to a position at the top of her swing where she could go as hard as she wanted at the ball. Today, she swings harder than she ever did. The rhythm of her swing is quicker. She’s also generating more power. Ko said it took time to get used to understanding how the rhythm of her swing needed to quicken with the changes Oh made. “I think being aggressive was one [change that took time}, where sometimes my misses come from me being a little bit more tentative, and being not as fast through the ball,” Ko said. “I guess, in some ways, it’s a good position to be in, so you can hit the ball aggressively and not really worry about it. “We tried to simplify things so that if it’s still not going very good, we’re not too far away from it. I think those are the key things that we’re going to continue to work on.” If Ko matches up Thursday’s ball striking with Friday’s putting, Sunday could end with another big party for her team.last_img