Empowered Group of Ministers Decides to Halve CDMA Spectrum Price by up to 50% for Upcoming March Auction

The empowered Group of Ministers has suggested slashing of CDMA spectrum price by up to 50 per cent for upcoming auction in March. However, the final decision has to be taken by the cabinet.

spectrum auctionIf approved, this will help in halving spectrum prices to about Rs 4,500 crore, and would help the CDMA to scale up services. The government will also auction spectrum in the 900-MHz band, supposed to be the premium spectrum, in three metros. Airwaves in the 1,800-MHz band will be offered in four circles.

“All auctions will be held in March,” telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal said after the EGoM meeting, adding 800-MHz band (CDMA band) will be offered for bidding in all circles.

The EGoM on spectrum, headed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, had also decided that 1800 MHz band spectrum in Kolkata will not be re-auctioned. Earlier reports said that the airwaves in Kolkata circle were once again on the block due to the poor response in November 2012 auction.

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Anirban Das
January 11, 2013 11:45 am 11:45 AM

Gays, any news about petition of MTS?

January 10, 2013 6:37 am 6:37 AM
For all mobile subscribers, and crazy fans of MTS, the great news is that MTS will surely continue its operations in India albeit as DoT filed affidavit in Supreme Court for extension of services by MTS, which is takenup today. Also, the spectrum price is likely to be cut by half than the current price and the subsequent announcement of MTS that it would participate in March CDMA spectrum auctions. It confirms MTS intentions to stay in India even paying more money for fresh spectrum auction despite its all legal claims such as no wrong done by MTS on the… Read more »
January 9, 2013 12:55 pm 12:55 PM

Looking at the past and CDMA adoption in India, this base price will still be high. But as its 800MHz, it is justified. TRAI is of the view that spectrum shouldn’t be liberalized and different bands should be used for different generation technologies and network. Supreme Court also going to hear Sistema’s plea tomorrow and there are more chances of curative petition getting rejected. Whatever, MTS has already lost 50 percent of their customers in few circles.