The EGoM had suggested fixing the base or minimum price for the auction of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band at pan-India price of Rs 1,765 crore per MHz, 15 per cent higher rate, than suggested by telecom regulator TRAI of Rs 1,496 crore.
The base price of 900 Mhz band accepted by EGoM is also 25 per cent higher than what was suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The government has decided to auction 403.2 MHz of 2G spectrum in the 1800 MHz frequency, which at the base price finalised by the Cabinet, amounts to about Rs 36,385 crore.
About 46 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band held by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Loop Mobile in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata will also be auctioned as their licences are due to expire in the last quarter of 2014.
At the base rate finalised by the Cabinet, the spectrum in the three metros may fetch about Rs 12,300 crore.
Together, the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band airwaves are valued at about Rs 48,685 crore.
The government has provisioned garnering Rs 40,874.5 crore from spectrum revenue in the Budget, including upfront money from the auction and various fees levied on airwaves used for commercial mobile communications.
Successful bidders, however, will have the option of paying the spectrum price in instalments.
If the entire spectrum is sold at the base price and bidders opt to pay in instalments, the government may get only about Rs 15,000 crore in this fiscal from the auction.