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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Communication and IT

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1884

TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.12.2008

Spectrum for G 

1884.

SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

 

 

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

(a)        total availability of spectrum of 3G services with details of bands for auction;

(b)        whether Government plans to hold 3G auctions by itself or proposes to avail of services of an external auctioneer for the purpose; and

(c)        the steps Government proposes to take to ensure that maximum revenue value is received by it from the spectrum through auction?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI. JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA)

(a)        Government has announced detailed guidelines for auction and allotment of spectrum for 3G Telecom Services, on 01.08.08 and certain amendments on 11.09.08. The spectrum will be granted through a controlled simultaneous ascending e-auction to the successful bidder.

Spectrum shall be auctioned in blocks of 2x5 MHz in 2.1 GHz band. The number of blocks to be auctioned varies subject to availability in different telecom service areas. (Details placed at Annexure-I)

(b)&(c) Government has taken a decision to auction 3G spectrum and also to avail the services of a specialized external auctioneer. M/S N.M. Rothschild & Sons (India) Pvt Ltd, Mumbai has been selected for auctioning of 3G spectrum. The auction will be completed by January 2009.

Annexure –I

 

Sl.No.

Service Area

No. of blocks of spectrum available for auction

1.

Delhi (Metro)

2

2.

Mumbai (Metro)

4

3.

Kolkata (Metro)

4

4.

Maharashtra

4

5.

Gujarat

2

6.

Andhra Pradesh

4

7.

Karnataka

4

8.

Tamil Nadu

4

9.

Kerala

4

10.

Punjab

4

11.

Haryana

4

12.

Uttar Pradesh (E)

4

13.

Uttar Pradesh (W)

3

14.

Rajasthan

0

15.

Madhya Pradesh

4

16.

West Bengal

1

17.

Himachal Pradesh

3

18.

Bihar

4

19..

Orissa

4

20.

Assam

4

21.

North East

0

22.

Jammu & Kashmir

4