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Govt panel backs auction for additional spectrum

The government appointed committee on spectrum allocation and pricing is understood to have suggested auction for additional radio waves, which if accepted may mark a major shift from practice of subscriber linked allocation.

india Updated: May 13, 2009 20:52 IST

The government appointed committee on spectrum allocation and pricing is understood to have suggested auction for additional radio waves, which if accepted may mark a major shift from practice of subscriber linked allocation.

The committee, headed by Additional Secretary in the Department of Telecom Subodh Kumar submitted the report on Wednesday to the Telecom Commission Chairman Siddartha Behura.

Senior DoT officials said the Committee has suggested that the auction should decide the price of spectrum beyond 4.4 MHz.

If the report is accepted the existing criteria of subscriber-linked allocation of additional spectrum, beyond 4.4 MHz, would no longer be valid, the officials said, adding that it should be treated as charging the spectrum at market price.

The Finance Ministry has been advocating for market price for spectrum especially in the wake of few new operators selling their stake at huge premium after getting frequency bundled with licence.

When contacted, Behura confirmed receipt of the report but said "we have yet to analyse the findings of the report."