The Supreme Court on Wednesday acknowledged Cellular Operators Association of India's (COAI) prayer and disposed off the writ petition filed by the body, thereby enabling the auction of the entire quantum of quashed spectrum i.e. 514.8 MHz.
This would essentially comprise of the entire spectrum withdrawn by the government in lieu of the 144 cancelled licences as per the Supreme Court's order dated Feb 2, 2012.
The COAI expressed its satisfaction at the ruling.
COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said, "This brings clarity on the issue and is a welcome move for an industry which faces acute shortage of spectrum and is below par in terms of availability and utilisation of the precious resource on an international scale. Freeing up the spectrum would enable better quality, outreach and delivery of services to the consumers.
"It will also ensure that a valuable resource like spectrum is used optimally and does not lie unused and wasted."