3G spectrum auction to be completed by Oct: Govt

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, August 28: | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 21:13pm hrs
Telecom Minister A Raja on Thursday said the auction process for 3G spectrum would be completed by October and wanted the operators to roll out the high-end services this year.

"The spectrum auction process would be completed by October and I want the operators to roll out their 3G services within this year," Raja said.

In another major related development, the Minister said the spectrum for CDMA operators for 3G services would now also be auctioned like the way it is being done for GSM operators.

Earlier there was not much competition in the CDMA section. There were only two players. Now with another player joining, the competition has emerged there as well.

So, it will now be auctioned as per TRAI's recommendations instead of allocation given on the subscriber base, the Minister said.