Department of telecommunications (DoT) secretary, D S Mathur told FE that the government was already working on releasing additional spectrum of 45 Mhz and the GoMs roadmap would deal with additional release of spectrum. The exact quantum that would be vacated would be known thereafter.
However, according to the planning commissions blueprint, over and above the 45 Mhz, 75 Mhz spectrum need to be vacated. The GoM comprises external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, defence minister A K Antony, home minister Shivraj Patil, finance minister P Chidambaram, information and broadcasting minister Priyaranjandas Munsi, communications and IT minister Dayanidhi Maran, and deputy chairman, planning commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Mathur also said the DoT committee formed to look into the 3G spectrum pricing and allocation recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), would submit its report in a weeks time and the DoT would then finalise the policy on 3G spectrum.
Government is working on releasing additional spectrum of 45 Mhz
The DoT can allocate it as soon as the policy on 3G spectrum is ready.