In Phase III, an additional 839 channels across 294 cities would be made available for auction
BestMediaInfoBureau | Delhi | February 21, 2014
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued its recommendations on “Migration of FM Radio Broadcasters from Phase II to Phase III”. Phase I of FM Radio broadcasting was launched in 1999, under which 21 private FM radio channels became operational. Phase II of FM Radio broadcasting was launched in July 2005 and 221 more channels were added.
As of now, a total of 242 channels (21 migrated from Phase I and 221 from Phase II) are operational. In Phase III, an additional 839 channels across 294 cities would be made available for auction.
The salient features of the recommendations are:
(i) For Group X, since no auction is possible for the cities therein, the migration fee is proposed to be derived from the percentage increase in the Phase III auction prices obtained in Group Z cities. It is recommended that the migration fee for the operators in the 17 cities in Group X should be higher of -
(ii) Group Y cities are those where auction will be held, but for a few channels. Since this is deemed to be a scarce market situation, the recommendation is that the migration fee for the existing channel should be higher of -
… but, the lower of
(iii) Group Z cities have sufficient FM frequencies available for auction and as such the actual auction price obtained in Phase III will be migration fee.
(i) Group X: Kolkata, Indore, Baroda, Jabalpur, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Raipur, Gwalior, Jalandhar, Trivandrum, Kannur, Trichur, Gangtok, Panaji and Shimla.
(ii) Group Y: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Jaipur, Banglore, Jamshedpur, Rajkot, Amritsar, Varanasi, Kochi, Madurai, Bhubneshwar, Siliguri, Guwahati, Jodhpur, Patiala, Udaipur, Kota, Puducherry, Manglore, Hissar and Karnal.
(iii) Group Z: Lucknow, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Asansol, Patna, Agra, Allahabad, Vijayawada, Rourkela, Muzzafurpur, Kolhapur, Nasik, Aurangabad, Sholapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Jalagon, Dhule, Bilaspur, Akola, Nanded, Chandigarh, Ajmer, Bareilly, Jammu, Srinagar, Bikaner, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kozhikode, Tiruchi, Tirupati, Mysore, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Gulbarga, Rajamundary, Warangal, Shillong, Agartala and Itanagar.
MIB had sent a reference dated April 9, 2013 to TRAI, seeking its recommendations on Migration of FM Radio Broadcasters from Phase II to Phase III. The clarifications sought by TRAI were provided by MIB by November 22, 2013.
TRAI issued a consultation paper, “Migration of FM Radio Broadcasters from Phase II to Phase III”, on December 3, 2013 seeking comments from the stakeholders. Open house discussion was held at New Delhi on January 3, 2013. Taking into account the comments received during the consultation process and analyses of the issues, the Authority has finalised its recommendations, a full copy of which can be downloaded from www.trai.gov.in.