3G auction expected to be delayed

5 Oct 2009

Indian newspaper The Economic Times claims that the country is unlikely to keep to its planned schedule for the licensing of 3G spectrum. Regulator the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) was expected to release an Information Memorandum (IM) containing details for the auction on 29 September but has failed to do so. As a result, the 8 October deadline for the submission of questions has been postponed, making it seem likely that the December deadline for completion of the process may also be pushed back. Officials from the watchdog say that the primary reason behind the delay in releasing the IM is that they are yet to map out the availability of 3G airwaves across most circles.