Govt may conduct telecom airwaves auction in May-June

| Friday, January 22, 2016 - 17:08
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Government will put all available airwaves for auction during the next round

New Delhi: The government is likely to go for the next round of telecom spectrum auctions around May-June this year, Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said here on Friday.
The official said that the government will put all available airwaves for auction during the next round, and he added that "the auctions will be held sometime in May-June".
He was speaking at the FICCI-WBA Vision Forum.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has already initiated the process to firm up reserve prices for the 700, 800, 900, 1,800, 2,100, 2,300 and 2,500 MHz spectrum bands which provide 2G, 3G and 4G telecom services.
The consultation paper floated by TRAI touched on key issues like quantum of spectrum to be auctioned, spectrum cap, spectrum block size, roll-out obligations, and methods to be used for valuation and estimation of reserve price.
In December 2015, the country’s top four carriers urged the telecom regulator to speed up harmonisation of 1800 MHz spectrum before the next airwaves sale.
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