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Ministerial panel to decide on spectrum auction today

By insightVAS - Mon Jan 07, 1:03 pm

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom to meet today to discuss on  several issues regarding spectrum auction.

The auction plan set by Department of Telecom (DoT) was discussed by EGoM on January 3rd, after the sales of unsold GSM spectrum in 1800 GHz band and 900 GHz premium band was approved by the Cabinet.

The EGoM deliberated on several issues for about two hours, then decided to meet again on January 7 to further deliberate on the issues,” said Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.

EGoM deliberated on 1800/900 MHz spectrum but it could not discuss CDMA (800 MHz). Auction does not seem possible by January 18 but will take place during this fiscal,” according to sources.

The telecom companies, who faced cancellation of license by Supreme Court, were allowed to offer their services till 18th January.

As the proposal suggest, the Government may earn around Rs. 25,316 crore from premium 900 MHz band and  Rs. 14,579 Crore from the auction of unsold spectrum in 1800 GHz band.

DoT can sell spectrum in Delhi, Karnataka and Rajasthan in 1800 MHz band, if compared to the earlier quantum put up for auction that ended on November 14th.

The Government in earlier auction had put up only 10 MHz for auction and also divided it into 8 blocks of 1.25 MHz each at a price of Rs. 693.06 Crore in Delhi and in Mumbai at Rs. 678.45 Crore. But it fails to attract bidders.

If compared to 1800 MHz band the premium 900 MHz band provides double coverage of the signals. It is learnt that Government has fixed a minimum price of Rs. 970.30 crore per block for Delhi, Rs. 949.84 crore per block for Mumbai and Rs. 227.44 crore per block for Kolkata circle.

15 MHz of spectrum in 900 MHz band can be put up for auction by Government in Delhi and Mumbai. 12.5 Mhz airwaves can be offered in Kolkata.

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