The department of telecommunications (DoT) has issued a Cabinet note for offering compensation to state-run telecom companies BSNL and MTNL in lieu of surrendering their 800-Mhz band of CDMA airwaves.
A top telecom ministry official said the Cabinet note has been circulated to the concerned departments and ministries for their comments, after which the matter will be put before the Cabinet for approval. The government has fixed the auction price of CDMA airwaves at R3,646 per MHz.
While BSNL has proposed to surrender one block of 1.25 MHz of CDMA airwaves in 10 service areas, MTNL will surrender 5 MHz of CDMA airwaves each in Delhi and Mumbai where it operates.
The total quantum of airwaves surrendered by BSNL and MTNL, that is 22 MHz of 800 MHz band of airwaves, is being auctioned, along with 81.75 MHz of additional airwaves of fresh airwaves in this band.
This adds to total quantum of 103.75 MHz of CDMA airwaves — in 22 telecom circles — that has been put up for upcoming auction that begins on March 4.
Besides 800 MHz, the government will also auction 99.2 MHz of 1800 MHz band of airwaves, 177.8 MHz of 900 MHz band of airwaves and 85 MHz of 2100 MHz band of 3G airwaves.