DoT rebuffs Financial Ministry 3G waiting list proposal

6 Mar 2009

According to India’s Economic Times yet another possible hindrance to the long-delayed 3G auctions has surfaced. It is understood that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has rejected proposals made by the Financial Ministry that called for successful bidders to be placed in a waiting list in the nine circles where there is not currently enough free UMTS spectrum to accommodate four operators. Additionally the DoT is reported to have decided that no second round of 3G auctions will be held for at least twelve months after the initial sale; originally subsequent rounds of auctions had been planned to take place as and when extra frequencies were released by the defence forces.

In separate but related news the Economic Times also reports that the Group of Ministers tasked with assessing the proposals for the 3G auction process has been officially convened. No deadline for a decision from the panel has been set.