01:26 am - Tuesday 22 August 2017

2G telecom spectrum auction begins today

By Parvina Purkayastha - Mon Nov 12, 10:42 am

The government will begin auction of the telecom spectrum today. The spectrums were freed after the the cancellation of 122 telecom licenses by the Supreme Court in February this year.

Instead of auctioning the entire spectrum freed from cancellation of licences, the government is auctioning a maximum of 11 blocks of airwave frequencies in each circle, barring Delhi and Mumbai where there are only eight blocks, to attract high price for spectrum.

The apex court had allowed the companies, whose permits were cancelled, to get spectrum reallocated for continuing their business if they win spectrum in the auction.

Bharti, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, Telenor and Videocon , are participating in the GSM auctions, and none of them are bidding for a pan-India airwaves.

The EGoM’s decision to allow the GSM operators to retain only 2.5 MHz of the more efficient 900 MHz frequency at market rates at the time of licence renewal is likely to be challenged.

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