CDMA spectrum auction from March 11: DoT

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 27 2013, 08:47am hrs
After finding no bidders for spectrum in the 1,800 and 900-Mhz bands, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has decided to kickstart the CDMA auction in 800 Mhz on March 11.

The auction of spectrum in the 800 Mhz band was supposed to begin two days after the government finished auctioning 900 Mhz and 1,800 Mhz spectrum. All spectrum that was to be auctioned in the 900 and 1,800 Mhz bands will now be clubbed in the third round of auctions in which the government has been asked to auction all the spectrum vacated due to cancellation of telecom licences by the Supreme Court last year in February.

The 1,800 Mhz and 900 Mhz bands (used for GSM) were to be auctioned simultaneously starting March 11 and the 800 Mhz band auction was to commence two days after the conclusion of the auction of the 1,800 and 900 Mhz spectrum. In the light of these developments, the auction of 800 Mhz spectrum will commence on March 11 itself, DoT said on Tuesday.

At the time of close on the last date for receipt of applications one applicant, namely, SSTL (Sistema Shyam Teleservices) registered for the auction of 800 Mhz spectrum and no applicants registered for the auction of 1,800 and 900 Mhz spectrum, DoT said. DoT will now place the the issue before an empowered group of ministers who will decide on the auction of the 1,800 and 900 Mhz bands through a third round of auction.