Saturday, December 19, 2009

India - Govt to licence three operators for 3G in all circles, except for two operators in Rajasthan and North-East

[business standard] The department of telecommunications (DoT) is planning to auction three blocks of 3G wireless spectrum in all circles, except in the Rajasthan and northeast ones, where it would auction only two blocks each.

This means three private operators would be given frequency to start their operations in every circle, barring the northeast and Rajasthan.

Denying the defence ministry’s claim that only 10 MHz of 3G spectrum was available for auction, scheduled for January 14, the department said: “DoT does not agree with the defence ministry that the entire 60 MHz spectrum in the band 1920-1980 is with it and only 10 MHz of 3G spectrum released on signing of MoU is available for auction.”

In a note prepared for a meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on the subject, which is likely to happen tomorrow, the department said it is the custodian of spectrum and by its records, which were reconciled with the defence ministry in April 2007, 3G spectrum in the 1920-1980 MHz is available for commercial use, which can be assigned for 3G services.

DoT to auction three 3G blocks in all but two telecom circles

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