4G spectrum auction this year says Sibal

By: | Updated: 29 Feb 2012 01:22 AM

Barcelona: India is
looking to hold spectrum auctions for the fourth generation (4G) mobile
services by the end of this year, besides finalising plans to sell off
radio waves for the 2G services, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has said.

the end of the year, we are actually going to auction 4G (spectrum). That
is what our intent is. We have enough spectrum now to share with
everybody,” he said at the India Day function organised by his Ministry
at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Sibal said the
government will have enough radio waves for all operators after it is
released from the defence services as well as the cancellation of 122 2G
licences by the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

added, however, that the government does not want to put all the spectrum
for auction at one go but the final decision will depend a lot on the
recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

fact, we don’t think that we are going to put all spectrum for auction.
But that depends on what (TRAI chairman) Sarma does for us. The idea being
that we should come up with enough spectrum to get reasonable price for
ourselves,” he said.

The Minister said that government will
auction 2G spectrum as well that which will be vacated by the cancellation
of licences following Supreme Court order. “We will auction spectrum.
When that auction will take place is something that we have to work out.
The procedure are laborious, the procedures are complex,” he said. The
Minister said the procedure for holding spectrum auctions should be very

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First Published: 29 Feb 2012 01:22 AM
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