Government finally announces 3G auction details

1 Aug 2008

Reuters is reporting that the Indian government has finally announced details for the country’s long-delayed 3G auctions. According to the press 60MHz of spectrum will be made available. Prices for concessions have also been set; a 2×5MHz block of spectrum for Mumbai and Delhi will cost INR1.6 billion (USD37.6 million); category A and B circles will cost the same. Licences for Category B and C circles will cost INR800 million and INR300 million respectively. The controversial decision to allow foreign players to bid has been also been given the go-ahead, despite vocal opposition from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Initially at least five operators will be offered licences in each circle, although in some regions this could be as many as ten.

Guidelines for mobile number portability (MNP) have also been released by the government, with the main proposal being the division of the country into two zones to aid implementation of the scheme.