The second round of auction for selling unsold telecom spectrum is likely to start from March 11 with a lower base price.
to sources, "stiff timeline has been drawn taking into account the EGoM
decision dated December 7, 2012 that all effort should be made to
complete the process during the current financial year."
timeline of the second auction is likely to be discussed by the
Empowered Group of Ministers on Telecom in its scheduled meet on January
Sources said that auction is proposed to start from March 11
for unsold spectrum in 1800 Mhz and airwaves in 900 Mhz band held by
telecom companies whose licences are coming up for renewal in 2014.
The government may increase the quantum of spectrum or number of blocks on the block this time, they added.
As per the proposed timeline, DoT may issue auction guidelines on January 7 if EGoM approves it, sources said.
may come out with Notice Inviting Application, the final document that
legally binds government and bidders, on January 29, if EGoM decides to
continue with same private agency Times Internet with e-Procurement
Technologies that handled previous auction.
Companies interested in bidding for spectrum would have to submit applications by February 22.
plans to auction unsold spectrum in 1800 Mhz band for Delhi, Mumbai,
Rajasthan and Karnataka service areas at 30 per cent less base price by
The government in the previous auction had put up 8 blocks
of 1.25 Mhz each for auction at Rs. 693.06 crore in Delhi and Rs. 678.45
crore in Mumbai.
DoT is also of the view that spectrum in 1800 Mhz
band should be re-auctioned in Kolkata circle even as the service area
attracted bids in previous auction in November 2012.
area, the coverage aspect is more important than the propagation
characteristics of the spectrum and given that 1800 Mhz spectrum is
priced at half of 900 Mhz spectrum, 1800 Mhz may become the first choice
of the bidders," sources said.
The proposed timeline adds to
uncertainty on operations of telecom companies whose 2G licences, that
were cancelled by the Supreme Court, are valid till January 18.
per the apex court order, 21 licences of Sistema Shyam Teleservices
(MTS), 16 permits of Telenor controlled Uninor, 15 of Videocon and 3
CDMA permits of Tata Teleservices will stand cancelled from January 18.
Telenor is in the process to transferring the business of Uninor in six
circles under new entity Telewings Communications, which recently won