New Delhi : The government is planning to hold the largest ever spectrum auction of 3,000 Mhz of radiowaves in the upcoming sale, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. “Spectrum above 3000 MHz will be put up for auction for the first time in the forthcoming auction,” telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in the Lok Sabha.
In the previous auction in 2016, the government had put a total of 2,354.55 megahertz of mobile airwaves for sale in all bands of 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz, cumulatively valued at around Rs 5.63 lakh crore at base price. But nearly 60 per cent of the radiowaves, including premium 4G bands, remained unsold in the auction. He said the government is seriously looking at a revival plan for state-owned MTNL, and various steps have been taken to improve the telecom operator’s customer base. “Financial support of Rs 492.26 crore has been given to MTNL on account of liability arising from levy of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT),” he said.