EGoM discusses removing curbs on no of spectrum bids

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers on Telecom discussed the number of slots operators should be allowed to bid for in the upcoming spectrum auction.

Sources said the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has proposed removing restriction on the number of slots that a company should be allowed to bid in the auction for both CDMA and GSM spectrum.  The DoT is of the view that auction would witness aggressive bidding if restrictions on the number slot is removed.  “EGoM discussed the number of slots that CDMA and GSM players should be allowed to bid for. However, no decision could be finalised,” a source said.   “Companies whose licences are coming up for renewal will be any way like new players,” the source said, adding that there were no demand for spectrum in 1800 Mhz (GSM) and 800 Mhz (CDMA) in the November auction  and therefore removal of restriction is the proposal. However, the EGoM deferred a decision till next month on how to tackle court cases filed on the 2G auction and other related issues that could affect sale of spectrum.

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