India 3G auction to be held on schedule: minister

Dec 11, 2009
A man talks on his mobile phone in front a government telecommunication billboard in New Delhi in October 2009. India's long-awaited auction for third generation (3G) mobile telecom services will be held on schedule next month, a minister said Friday, dismissing media speculation of a delay.

India's long-awaited auction for third generation (3G) mobile telecom services will be held on schedule next month, a minister said Friday, dismissing media speculation of a delay.

"The ministry has not changed the auction date" set for January 14, Telecommunications Minister A. Raja said in New Delhi on the sidelines of a communications industry event.

The statement came after the ministry missed a deadline earlier in the week for issuing invitations to take part in the auction to allow service, fuelling media speculation the sale could be postponed.

The ministry said afterward the invitation to take part in the auction was "being fine-tuned" and would be issued soon.

The auction has already been delayed twice.

Asked about the number of 3G slots to be auctioned, Raja replied that a senior panel of ministers "will decide on the number of slots."

The defence ministry has said it is unable to release some of the airwaves needed for the auction, which could reduce the number of slots up for sale.

On Thursday, the Press Trust of reported the government had only sufficient spectrum to sell 3G licences to three private operators rather than the four originally planned.

Slots have already been awarded to state-run firms MTNL and BSNL.

The government has said it aims to raise 250 billion rupees (5.38 billion dollars) from the sale of pan-India 3G spectrum and Wimax wireless broadband.

It hopes to use the money to help plug a fiscal deficit that is the biggest in nearly two decades.

The auction is set to put India's -- the fastest growing in the world -- on track for a new level of wireless telephony, experts say.

Third-generation would allow high-speed Internet, video downloads and other sophisticated media services on cellular telephones.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

India misses deadline for 3G auction

Dec 09, 2009

India's government has missed a deadline for inviting bidders to take part in its long-awaited auction for third generation (3G) mobile telecom services.

India says will start 3G auction in January

Oct 25, 2009

India said Saturday a long-delayed auction of radio bandwidth for third generation (3G) telecommunications services will start in January and will be open to foreign companies.

FCC wireless auction begins June 29

Feb 02, 2006

The Federal Communications Commission will auction advanced wireless service (AWS) licenses for the United States in late June.

Recommended for you

Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready

Apr 17, 2014

A service is soon to launch in the UK that will enable us to transfer money to other people using just their name and mobile number. Paym is being hailed as a revolution in banking because you can pay peopl ...

Quantenna promises 10-gigabit Wi-Fi by next year

Apr 16, 2014

(Phys.org) —Quantenna Communications has announced that it has plans for releasing a chipset that will be capable of delivering 10Gbps WiFi to/from routers, bridges and computers by sometime next year. ...

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Apr 16, 2014

The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from US tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions.

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

Apr 16, 2014

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

Dish Network denies wrongdoing in $2M settlement

Apr 15, 2014

The state attorney general's office says Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for what it calls a deceptive surcharge, but the satellite TV provider denies any wrongdoing.

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Apr 14, 2014

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in the past 17 months now that Netflix is paying for a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...