India’s 3G Auctions Process Begins Today

By February 25th, 2010 AT 12:27 PM

India’s much aviated third generation (3G) mobile services spectrum auction process begins today. According to the latest schedule announced by Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) will be issued today i.e. February 25, with March 19 given as the last date for submitting applications for 3G Spectrum. On March 26, the ownership details of applicants will be published and mock auctions will be held on 5th and 6th of April, 2010.

The 3G auction process was earlier scheduled to begin on Jan 14 but got delayed due to uncertainty over the number of slots and unavailability of the 3G spectrum, now the 3G auction process will starts from today and 9th April 2010 is the final date for the 3G India.

The Govt.of India has decided to allow four private telecom firms for the next generation mobile telephone services (3G) and had made a provision for garnering up to Rs 35,000 crore from the sale of airwaves in the current fiscal. Presently the state operator BSNL and MTNL are the only operators licensed to provide the next generations 3G Mobile and Broadband services in India.

The auction process for 3G will follow the schedule given below:

Notice inviting applications 25th February, 2010
Last date of submission of application 19th March, 2010
Publication of ownership details of applicants 26th March, 2010
Pre-qualification of bidders 30th March, 2010
Mock auctions 5th and 6th April, 2010
Start of 3G auctions 9th April, 2010
Start of BWA auctions Two days after the close of 3G auction

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The equation should be,Bharti Airtel,Vodafone Essar,Rcom & TTSL or Idea cellular


As per the department of telecomunicatioms (DOT) all nine bidders for 3g auctions, slated to beign from aprail 9 have qualified for bidding process nine telecom operators, Aircel, Bharti Airtel,Etisalat db,idea cellular,Reliance comunications,s tel,tata teleservices,Videocon telecomunications & vodafone Essar had applied to participate in 3g auctions The govt has fixed Rs 3,500 crore as the reserve price for 3G Spectrum, according to the notice inviting applications issued on feb 25 , five states punjab,Bihar,WB,HP and j&k will have four private companies bidding for 3G Spectrum, other circles inc 4 metros Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata and chennai will have three private players

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