The committee was formed by the DoT to study the 3G spectrum pricing and allocation recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). FE was the first to report last year that the DoT might give BSNL and MTNL special treatment while selling 3G spectrum.
According to the recommendations, four firms will be given 3G spectrum after the first round of bidding for the 2.1 Mhz frequency. Each operator will get 10Mhz opposed to 5Mhz each for five companies, suggested by Trai. If BSNL and MTNL does not figure among the top four in the auction, they will be given spectrum provided they match the price of the second highest bidder.
Officials justified this move favouring BSNL and MTNL stating that meeting the telecom targets set by the government largely depended on the two state-owned companies. If they missed out in the auction, the governments 3G roll-out target would depend entirely on private operators, they said.
Four firms will be given 3G