Regulatory Authority of India on Friday proposed to raise the base price for operators participating in the auction for third generation mobile and broadband wireless spectrum.

While the base price for 3G services has been revised upwards from Rs 1,400 crore to Rs 2,200 crore for a pan-Indian licence, operators wanting to bid for wireless broadband spectrum will have to cough up to three times more than what was recommended earlier.

The TRAI suggestions are in line with the views of the Department of Telecom, which wanted to raise more revenues from the auction.

For wireless broadband services using technologies, such as Wi-Max, TRAI had earlier set a base price of Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 2 crore for Metro, category B and category C circles respectively. Now this has been revised to Rs 60 crore, Rs 30 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively.