India's leading mobile service provider Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications (Rcom), Aircel and Tata Teleservices (Tata Docomo) today submited their applications for taking part in the 900mhz and 1800mhz GSM spectrum auction scheduled for February 3, 2014.
According to an official source at DoT, Vodafone has filed the first application, followed by Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Tele and Aircel. It raising hopes at Department of Telecom that this round of auction of spectrum will see strong participation.
Near about 403 megahertz of 2G spectrum in the 1800 MHz band and about 45 MHz of spectrum in the premium 900 MHz band is being put up for auction by Department of Telecom (DoT).
Today i.e. 15th January is the last date for submitting the applications for Spectrum and telecom companies/ mobile operators have the option to withdraw them by January 27, 2014.
In the last round of auction of GSM spectrum was held in March 2013, none of the leading GSM operators or mobile service providers had bid for radiowaves, citing high reserve or base price.