Spectrum War: Telecom Ministry files petitions in SCI against any stay on upcoming auctions

The telecom ministry has moved Supreme Court of India (SCI) against any stay on the upcoming auction of spectrum slated to start from March 4 if any group submits a plea for a stay. The case is expected to come up for hearing today.


The government has decided to auction the 2G bands in March, 2015. DoT will also be releasing a block of 2100 MHz or the 3G band during the auctions.

Any move would have disrupted the government’s action plans, where it expects to generate Rs 80,000 crore to Rs one lakh crore revenue by selling airwaves in various bands of 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz. It will be the first biggest auction of spectrum under the new government.

Of the total revenue, around Rs 25,000 crores is expected to come in the current year. The telcos can make the payment for the spectrum acquired in the auction over 10 years.

The spectrum auction will aid for the Narendra Modi government in meeting its fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP.

Also read: Mobile tariff to go up significantly after next spectrum auction?

The lobbying body of GSM players, Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) is likely to move court to stay the upcoming spectrum auctions, according to a report.

Also read : March 2015 Auction: How much money Indian operators will have to shell out?

On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom have separately moved courts against certain conditions mentioned in the NIA (notice inviting application), which is a legal framework for spectrum auction.

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February 16, 2015 3:23 pm 3:23 PM

If govt earns money in auctions, it is not taken home by ministers. This will be used for the poor and needy people of India.
Here every one wanted the Pvt companies to make money. Is that called development

February 16, 2015 7:19 pm 7:19 PM

we all know what percentage of money is being reutilised for public and whats percentage is going into corrupted ones.

February 17, 2015 12:04 am 12:04 AM

But if that money goes to reliance/Vodafone what is the advantage.

February 17, 2015 4:37 am 4:37 AM

advantage? bhai….ask the shareholders of the company….

February 16, 2015 10:38 am 10:38 AM

any new operator in this auction?

February 16, 2015 4:46 am 4:46 AM
its government whose fault Telecom rules and regulations are making Telecom operators lose their mind and so yellow moving to court. government is playing a very foul game to earn revenue while not allowing merger of telcos because if they do so their revenue would be lost to quite extent. government is pushing all possible hurdles so that all 3g is not auctioned which will lead to sky rocketing bidding and this price of 3g auction would be taken for next 3g auction which will again be more higher than 3750 crore per mz. This is all dirty politics by… Read more »
February 16, 2015 3:29 pm 3:29 PM

Govt need to audit the balance sheet of these Pvt companies and they should not be allowed to take more than 10%profit