Existing telecom players bidding in bands where they don’t hold spectrum will be treated as new entrants in airwave auction slated for November.

Treated as new entrants

“They (existing players) would be allowed to bid in bands in which they currently do not hold spectrum and for that purpose they would be treated as new entrants,” Telecom Commission Chairman and Secretary Department of Telecom R. Chandrashekhar told reporters here.

If an operator has spectrum in one band but wants to bid in another band where it doesn’t have spectrum, it would be treated as new entrant and has to bid for the minimum number of slots which a new entrant is required to bid. A new player has to bid for a minimum of four blocks of spectrum in 1800 Mhz band or two blocks in 800 Mhz band in each service area.

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