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DoT invites bids for 3G spectrum auction

TRAI to submit recommendations on spectrum pricing to DoT

DoT has requested for the bids for the auctioning the one block of 5 megahertz of 3G spectrum in 17 telecom circles. However, the department has not revealed any separate timeline for the 3G auction process. This means that the interested telecom companies will have to submit application to bid for this spectrum by February 16.


As per the recent amendment on the Notice Inviting Application (NIA) for spectrum auction will set to begin from 4 March and in that also only one service provider will be able to win the 3G spectrum. The Department of Telecom has also not announced any pre-bid session for the auction of 3G spectrum as was demanded by telecom sector players.


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The government has also fixed reserve price of Rs 3,646 crore pan-India per MHz in 800 MHz, Rs 3,980 crore for 900 MHz band pan India excluding Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and J&K; Rs 2,191 crore pan India (excluding Maharashtra and West Bengal) in 1800 MHz band. The reserve price for the 2,100 MHz band has not been announced yet. The government earned Rs 62,162 crore from the last auction and this time it has held the target high.


The Telecom Commission has recommended the base price of Rs 3,705 crore per MHz as 3G spectrum base price for the coming up spectrum auction. This base is eleven percent higher than what the companies paid in the spectrum auction of 2010. Moreover, it is also 36 percent higher than the amount finalised by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.


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