The Department of Telecommunications has asked TRAI to provide recommendations for the reserve price for spectrum auction scheduled to be held in February next year. However, as reported by Economic Times DoT has not yet reached on an agreement with the Defense Ministry to provide the frequencies for civilian use.
The report further stated that, DoT officials are continuing with the process of negotiations with the Defense Ministry. DoT has asked the Defense Ministry to exchange the 3G airwaves with the other band of spectrum held by DoT. If the ministry agrees on this suggestion, then the spectrum auctions will begin at the scheduled time. The Government has set the target of generating Rs 15,000 crore from the auction this time. Moreover, the major share of this revenue will come from the 3G airwaves used for delivering high speed broadband connectivity.
Apart from this the telecom operators has also asked DoT to auction the 3G band so that they can expand their 3G data services across circles. Presently TRAI is fixing the reserve price for the 900Mhz and the 1,800 MHz band. It is expected that the regulator will give the reserve prices of both the bands by the end of this month.