AUSPI wants Rs 2,020 cr as base price for 3G auction

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 26 2009, 18:45pm hrs
Ahead of Thursdays scheduled EGoM meet, CDMA operators association AUSPI has asked the government to auction all available 3G spectrum and keep a reserve price of Rs 2,020 crore as originally proposed by the Department of Telecom.

According to a note prepared by the DoT for Thursday's crucial meeting of the EGoM, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, AUSPI, which represents CDMA majors like Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, has suggested that all available 3G spectrum currently used by all other organisations should be put on auction.

"The reserve price of Rs 2,020 crore for 5.5 Mhz 3G spectrum and Rs 505 crore for Rs 1.25 Mhz of EVDO spectrum should be fixed", it said.

A DoT official said these are AUSPI's suggestions not DoT's to the EGoM. Earlier, the ministerial panel on 3G spectrum auction had allowed both AUSPI and COAI (GSM operators association) to give written submission of their views on price and allocation of 3G spectrum auction.