The Telecom Commission has said in a statement that the spectrum auction scheduled for next year should be completed by 28, February 2015. As reported by PTI, the Telecom Commission said, “Telecom Commission has decided Chairman of the panel i.e. Secretary, DoT is authorised to recommend the time line for auction process with condition that it would be desirable for the auction be concluded by February 28, 2015”. The committee formed to look into the spectrum auction matters has suggested that the bidding should start by 3 February, 2015.
The government is expecting a minimum of Rs 9,355 crore of collection from the auction of three bands. The three bands up for auction includes – 800MHz,currently being used for CDMA services, while the other two sets of band, 900MHz and 1800MHz, are being used for GSM-based mobile services by leading companies like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Uninor. The auction will also witness the bidding for 900MHz band for the telecom operators, whose licenses are set to expire by next year.
The Government has proposed that in the 900MHz band about 184MHz of spectrum is likely to be auctioned. On the other hand, in the 1800MHz, the government will auction 104MHz of spectrum which includes spectrum held by licences that are expiring in 2015-16 and unsold airwaves in February 2014 auction. The Department of Telecommunications will have the period of 130 days to complete the entire process of spectrum auction. Apart from this the Telecom Commission has also decided all the terms and conditions related to payment.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has also suggested the pricing for the spectrum to be auctioned. The regulator said that, a price of Rs. 2,138 crore per megahertz for the 1800MHz band. It also suggested a price of Rs. 3,004 crore per Mhz for the premium 900MHz band.