Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha says spectrum auction to be held in September

Manoj Sinha, who has just taken over as the new telecom minister from Ravi Shankar Prasad, has said that the spectrum auction will be held by September this year. The Indian government is expecting to raise around Rs 5.66 lakh crore from the forthcoming auctions if all the spectrum is sold at the reserve price, recommended by the telecom regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).

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The Union Cabinet had last month approved the spectrum auction plan and sent the spectrum usage charge (SUC) matter to the telecom regulator for another review. The Trai has been urged to speedily give its opinion, following which the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will make its final suggestions to the Cabinet.

The telecom department will float the rules for the auction once the Cabinet finalises the SUC and could hold the sale 45-60 days later, media reports said.

The upcoming spectrum auction will be the largest ever in terms of quantum – over 2200 MHz – to be offered across 3G and 4G bands, including the coveted 700 MHz for the first time. However, industry watchers are expecting a lukewarm response from the industry due to the pricing concerns and debt situation of the Indian telecom operators

Sinha, who is continuing to be Minister of State for Railways, addressed his first media briefing since assuming office on Wednesday. Sinha has already started following the footsteps of his predecessor Prasad, who had dedicated much of his time to the call drop issue during his tenure.

Sinha, while informing the media, said the issue of call drops was serious and while the ministry is working on a long-term plan to resolve the matter, the industry should continue to invest to improve the situation.

The Minister said that the Indian government will be able to share further details on steps to resolve the problem in about 20 days. He said that consumers should see significant improvement in the situation in the next four to five months.

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Kingston
July 10, 2016 8:04 pm 8:04 PM

Ravi Shankar prasad did nothing. He only concentrate on spectrum trading and call drop issue. Not spoken a single word about affordable or less cost data tariff. Data tariff is more serious issue than call drop issue. But he simply divert our concentration to call drop issue. I tell one thing to Modi government if you support again and again to corporate telecom companies people will teach what they taught to Congress government. One side you are speaking about Digital India other side you are supporting telecom companies to increase tariff. Be careful.

Sunny | Lucknow |
July 10, 2016 8:43 pm 8:43 PM

Just because you can’t afford mobile tariffs, you want to take the entire country down for this frivolous issue by ‘teaching a lesson’? Thankfully there are more people who can make a few sacrifices for better future of the country. Either cut down your usage or try to increase your income, instead of waiting for others to make things cheap for you.

Kingston
July 10, 2016 7:57 pm 7:57 PM

Hope Sinha will take some steps to reduce data tariff and save indian people looted by telecom companies.

Sanjit Roy Thakurnagar,wb
July 10, 2016 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

India already has the lowest call tariffs, but yes you are quite right about data tariffs, actually data tariffs should be reasonable not just like dirt cheap, one thing I would say India really deserves a healthy competition but hyper competition will only fuel inferior services as well as less investments in infrastructure and TM should build a mechanism which will kick out all non serious players from the nation asap.

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