The first meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) constituted to take a decision on the pricing of spectrum for third-generation telecom services has got postponed, making the wait for 3G services in the country even longer.
The EGoM, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was scheduled to meet on July 31.
The meeting got postponed as Defence Minister AK Antony, also a member of the EGom, will not be able to attend, according to sources close to the development.
The auction process has been delayed several times since January, when it was scheduled to happen.
The government constituted the EGoM on July 13 to look into matters relating to pricing spectrum and the number of operators to be allowed in each telecom circle.
Once the EGoM takes a decision, a fresh time line for auctions would be announced.