DoT decides to approach TRAI for 3G reserve price

DoT decides to approach TRAI for 3G reserve price

DoT decides to approach TRAI for 3G reserve price

The Department of Telecom has decided to seek Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to recommend a reserve price for the 3G spectrum as the government plans to auction the radio waves in February next year.

Though the DOT is yet to reach agreement with the Defence ministry on freeing the radio waves for civilian use, the DOT has decided to approach the telecom regulatory in advance expecting that the agreement would reach soon, sources in the DOT told Deccan Herald. 

The DOT is still in talk with the Defence Ministry on swap the 3G airwaves with another band of spectrum held by the DoT. The talks are expected to yield positive results soon, sources said. Earlier the Defence Ministry said that unless they were provided another band of spectrum, they will not be free the 3G spectrum.

Once the Defence Ministry releases the radio waves, it would be put for auction which is likely to be held February next year, sources said. The Government aims to raise Rs 15,000 crore in the auction.

Several telecom companies,  including Vodafone and Airtel,  have requested the government to make available of sufficient spectrum to them to meet the growing demand.

As the data services through smart phones are growing fastest in the market, the companies are desperately wanted the third generation radio waves.

With the government had set the target of 600 million broadband users by 2020, the telecom companies have said that make available of sufficient spectrum to telecom operators are must for achieving the target.