India is looking at holding spectrum auctions for the fourth generation (4G) mobile services by the end of this year, besides finalising plans to sell off radio waves for the 2G services, telecom minister Kapil Sibal has said.
"By the end of the year, we are actually going to auction 4G. That is what our intent is. We have enough spectrum now to share with everybody," he said at the India Day function organised by his ministry at the Mobile World Congress here.
Sibal added, however, that the government does not want to put all the spectrum for auction at one go but the final decision will depend a lot on the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). "The idea being that we should come up with enough spectrum to get reasonable price for ourselves," he said.
The minister said that government will auction 2G spectrum as well that which will be vacated by the cancellation of licences following Supreme Court order.
"The procedure are laborious, the procedures are complex," Sibal said.