EGoM to discuss roadmap for unsold telecom spectrum today

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 06:10 hrs

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will meet here today to discuss roadmap for unsold telecom spectrum.

The high-powered panel, which was to discuss the roadmap for auction of unsold GSM spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Karnataka, has already been deferred twice last month.

The EGoM has to take a decision on the reserve price that should be fixed for these service areas.

The high-powered panel will also take a final call on a Department of Telecommunications, DoT's proposal to conduct auction of 900 Mhz band in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata along with 1800 Mhz band.

Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had earlier said the government would do another auction for the unsold spectrum by March 2013.

"The intent is to try and have another auction before March 31. We will discuss how to move forward and take a call on it," Sibal had earlier said.

Referring to the lukewarm response to the Supreme Court mandated auction of 2G spectrum, Sibal said: "The government did exactly what the courts wanted it to do-that is sell the airwaves, or radio frequency spectrum, that was vacated after 122 licences and accompanying spectrum issued in 2008 were cancelled by virtue of a apex court order.

Stressing that "policy is best left to government", Sibal said that February's Supreme Court order, which cancelled 122 licenses sold in 2008 and asked for spectrum to be auctioned meant that the "government was limited in its policy prescriptions, had to move forward in a certain way. Which is why you saw what happened a few days ago." (ANI)

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