198 MHz Up for Grabs in Next Auction - The New Indian Express

198 MHz Up for Grabs in Next Auction

Published: 19th April 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 19th April 2014 12:59 AM

Upholding the earlier recommendations of the Telecom Commission to conduct spectrum auctions at least 18 months before expiry of licences, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approached Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for the next round of spectrum auctions.

The latest round of auctioning would be for 29 licensees (198 MHz) whose permit expires in 2015-16. The licences have operations across 18 (out of 22) service areas, it was reported. Four licences of Bharati Airtel, seven each  of Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom and six licences of Vodafone is reported to complete 20 year term in December 2015, it was reported.

“Reference to TRAI for its recommendation on auction of 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum had been sent on Thursday. The auction is proposed for about 29 licences,” agencies quoted a DoT official as saying. The government is expecting revenues of ` 38,954.02 crore from the sale of spectrum in Fy15. According to the interim Budget 2014, revenues are expected from communication services including receipts, licence fees and even one time spectrum charges.

The revenues are likely to come from the premium pricing of 900 mhz band, a band which has seen offer price double by mobile service providers. They hold about 172 MHz in 900 MHz, and 26 Mhz in 1800 MHz band, it was reported.

Earlier, the auctions for 900 mhz and 1800 mhz spectrum saw the government rake in `61,162 crore with almost `23,590 crores coming from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata region for 900 mhz. The 1800 Mhz band auction  fetched bids worth `37,572.60 crore, it was reported.

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