India plans 2G spectrum auction

NEW DELHI, March 14 (AsiaPulse) – India’s Department of
Telecommunications plans to start auction of 2G spectrum by
December 20 and allocate spectrum to players in March next
year.

“We will need time at least till December 20 to start
auction of spectrum. There are various processes before it and
will have to stick to strict deadline to meet this date,” a
senior Telecom Ministry official said.

The official added that to start the process, DoT will have
to first get recommendation from Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India and it should be in place by May 17.

“We arrived at December 20 deadline after making strict
timeline for all process required before auction. This target
can be acheived if we get recommendations from Trai by May 17.
Then DoT will have to review it and approval from Empowered
Group of Minister will be required,” the official said.

He said that after receiving Trai recommendation government
will have one month time to take decision on the auction as per
Supreme Court verdict.

After the decision by the central government, DoT will need
aorund two week time to issue guidelines on the auction and
make changes in it, if required, the of