Prasad, Parrikar Meeting to Resolve 3G Spectrum

Published: 21st January 2015 02:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2015 02:37 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be meeting Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to resolve issues related to 3G spectrum.

"I have meeting in connection with your work of connectivity on defence bands," Prasad said at Convergence India 2015 while speaking to telecom industry representatives.

Officials in Telecom Ministry confirmed that Prasad is scheduled to meet Parrikar later in the day to discuss defence band matter.

Telecom operators have been demanding from the government auction of 20 Megahertz of 3G (2100 Mhz band) spectrum in February but government has only assured auction of 5 Mhz of spectrum.

All the 3G spectrum, which is proposed to be put up for auction, need to be freed by the Defence Ministry. Defence Ministry has agreed to free 5 Mhz of 3G spectrum as of now and 15 Mhz when the government notifies a dedicated spectrum for defence forces as 'Defence Band and Defence Interest Zone'.

Prasad has earlier said that he expects the dedicated spectrum band for the defence sector to be notified in February.

The Department of Telecom has announced dates for next round of spectrum auction for 800 Mhz (CDMA), 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz bands but is yet to share details of 3G spectrum.

Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission on Monday is learnt to have suggested a base price of Rs 3,705 crore per megahertz as 3G spectrum base price for upcoming auction, about 11 per cent higher than what companies paid for the same during the 2010 sale.

It is also 36 per cent higher than regulator TRAI's recommendation of Rs 2,720 crore per Mhz.

The government expects to raise at least Rs 64,840 crore from the auction, excluding 3G.

During the event, the Minister invited suggestions from industry to improve connectivity in the country.

Prasad cited examples of desire among Indians to get connected and deep inclination to use technology.

"When i was on my political tour to UP. I had my meeting in Basti or in some rural area. Someone asked me there that couple of months back on a TV channel you said this.

"I had forgotten it and asked how he knew about it. He said that we don't have energy but we have battery. After our farming is over we see TV debate whole night. This is trait in India to use power of technology," Prasad said.

The minister said that to connect rural India with high speed broadband, government is working towards laying about 7 lakh kilometer of optical fibre in 3 years.

"We owe it to Indians to helps us create that enabling environment to get connected," Prasad said.  

Stay up to date on all the latest Business news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp