The Telecom Commission has accepted Trai's recommendations to relax rules for mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the sector and allow spectrum sharing among telcos, paving the way for consolidation in the 14 player market. It is also open to the regulator's proposal to levy a one time fee on operators for holding spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz. Mergers and acquisitions will get automatic clearance if the combined market share of the new entity is less than 35 percent and spectrum holding is less than 25 percent.Trai had earlier suggested that M&As be allowed in the industry if the combined market share of the new entity is less than 60 percent. The move will pave the way for consolidation in the industry, where a number of new entrants are yet to make a mark despite millions of Indians start using mobile phones every month. It is estimated that they may have to shell out more than Rs 17,500 crore as one-time fee on excess spectrum, based on Trai's recommendation of a fee of Rs 4,571.87 crore on each mega hertz beyond 6.2 MHz.