New Delhi : In response to 276 queries raised by the telecom industry on spectrum auction slated for next month, DoT has made about 24 changes in various terms that includes a rule which may make radiowaves costlier.

The changes are also expected to facilitate faster roll out of 4G networks.
As per the notice issued for the auction, slated for February 3, telecom firms were required to provide information regarding any new technology they wanted to deploy one year before starting trials. This did not cover 2G (GSM and CDMA) or 3G technologies.
The new clause now reads that the company acquiring spectrum in the forthcoming auction “shall provide details of the technology proposed to be deployed for operation…within one month of obtaining the license, if the technology happens to be other than GSM/WCDMA (3G)/LTE (4G)”.
The new amendments will also put more load on bidders compared to the previous auction. The reserve price is expected to increase in the forthcoming bidding rounds by 1% for ‘excess demand’ in case of every additional megahertz companies bid for beyond the quantum put up for the bidding.
In the earlier auctions, the hike in base price was linked to excess demand for every 1.25 Mhz spectrum. The government is expecting a minimum of Rs 11,300 crore from the upcoming auction.

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