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4G spectrum auction this year: Sibal

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In this February 27, 2012 photo Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurates the Airtel Chalet at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. Bharti Airtel MD Sunil Bharti Mittal is to his right.
PTI In this February 27, 2012 photo Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal inaugurates the Airtel Chalet at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. Bharti Airtel MD Sunil Bharti Mittal is to his right.

India is looking at holding spectrum auctions for the fourth generation (4G) mobile services by the end of this year, besides finalising plans to sell off radio waves for the 2G services, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has said.

“By the end of the year, we are actually going to auction 4G (spectrum). That is what our intent is. We have enough spectrum now to share with everybody,” he said at the India Day function, organised by his ministry at the Mobile World Congress here.

Mr. Sibal said the government would have enough radio waves for all operators after it was released from the defence services as well as the cancellation of 122 2G new licences by the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Mr. Sibal added, however, that the government did not want to put all the spectrum for auction at one go but the final decision would depend a lot on the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

“In fact, we don't think that we are going to put all the spectrum for auction. But that depends on what Mr. Sarma (TTAI Chairman) does for us. The idea being that we should come up with enough spectrum to get reasonable price for ourselves,” he said.

The Minister said that the government would auction 2G spectrum as well which would be vacated by the cancellation of licences following the Supreme Court order.

“We will auction spectrum. When that auction will take place is something that we have to work out. The procedures are laborious, the procedures are complex,” he said.

The Minister said the procedure for holding spectrum auctions should be very transparent.

Hey sibbal, wait first make aware in the general public the huge potential of 3G services.Most people only know that 3G services are only the game of riches. aware them what we can do in 3G services.After this common people can think of 4G services

from:  Abhishek Bansal
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 11:04 IST

But didn't we trigger the auction for 4G last year itself? we had auctions for BWA (2.3GHz) along with 3G spectrum which will be used for LTE services.. So what is the the fresh auction?

from:  Sudeep
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 20:31 IST

Agreed India is having one of the biggest user base for mobile connectivity. Frankly speaking out of this how many percent of this population knows what GPRS(2G) is leave aside 3G and 4G services.
For whom these 3G and 4G services are launched, the prices for these services are equivalent of purchasing gold in certain schemes.
Instead of Auctioning 4G and filling up your pockets try to make 3G affordable not only to the richest but also to the common man like us.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 20:04 IST

According to Sibal the 2G was a Zero loss auction, why then are we worried about auctioning 4G, just distribute it for free.

from:  N Suresh Kumar
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 18:43 IST

4G? A Good Plan. This can help build a record to re sell 2G at a price
lesser than that of 2001's price. After all, 2G can be defined obsolete
compared to 4G. Nice Plan to defeat CAG and its national interest.

from:  RAMKUMAR SRINIVASAN
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 18:36 IST

“In fact, we don’t think that we are going to put all spectrum for
auction. But that depends on what (TRAI chairman) Sarma does for us. The
idea being that we should come up with enough spectrum to get reasonable
price for ourselves,” he said.
Open for Interpretation.

from:  Ryan
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 18:28 IST

India is a country having 1.21 billion people. All these billions have
witnessed a series of nationwide laughter episodes featuring A-listers
of Indian Politics (no need to mention the names as for more 20 to 30
years this issue is going to be under the investigation). So Be ready
!!!! because a new scam is knocking the door which is going to be
beneficial for MP's and big corporate honchos. Kudos to Mr. sibbal

from:  dhananjay yadav
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:42 IST

India is a country of villages;so, most of the Indian population use mobile phones for communication purpose only. 60% of mobile users don't even have the understanding of "What 3G spectrum is?" and add to that the egregious situation of 2G spectrum scam. It is yet to cleared and fully auctioned. I think it's too cheeky on government's part to think of auctioning 4G spectrum by the end of this year.

from:  Aditya Abhinav
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:38 IST

Just see it as the usual "brandishing" on a world forum!

from:  Rahul S
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:34 IST

gud luck Sibal & bad luck indians...
Another scam is going to be unveiled..!
Media..get ready for scrumptious feast..
and
Citizens ..get ready to witness another political game.

from:  Sandeep Konam
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:33 IST

first of all, more than 90 % of the mobile owners are using their mobile only for outward & inward calls only. I do not think they are using their mobiles for any other use (for 95 % of the time). Who has got time to use it for other uses ? This being the case, govt. is thinking of 3 G and (now) 4 G also. Instead, please think how to make the general public be aware of the mobile advantage and make it (still) cheaper enough to own the same.

from:  A Ramadas
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 15:12 IST


Hope this time we are going to have a fair and more transparent deal with out dragging any investigation agency or court in to the picture. It is better to publish the modalities of the auction in public, say the guide lines so that it will not be interpreted arbitrarily suiting to the situations which may crop up during the course of auction. Attention shall be taken to give some weightage to the existing license scrapped players, by following the principle of equality among equals, sure at a cost.

from:  Bose A Panicker
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 14:29 IST

Really? Does India need an auction for 4G when even 3G hasn't reached
its potential usage? The true potential of the usage of 4G and 3G can
only be decided in next 5-7 years.. The auction therefore, should be
valid only for next 5-7 years, and not till 2025 (like 3G).
This hurry for auctions within NDA governance isn't convincing.

from:  SudCha
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 13:35 IST

Are we ready for 4-G spectrum scam next year then?

from:  Anoop
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 12:47 IST
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