DoT delays spectrum auction to 1 October

31 Aug 2016

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has agreed to postpone the start of the upcoming spectrum auction from 29 September to 1 October. According to the Economic Times, the original date fell during the Shradh celebrations, a period of Hindu religious celebrations during which it is considered inauspicious to start any new work. Consequently, the nation’s telecom operators reportedly called for the start date to be pushed back two days to the start of Navrata festival, which is believed to be auspicious. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the auction will be the country’s largest ever frequency sale, with more than 2,000MHz of spectrum available across seven frequency bands.