The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is set to give its recommendations on the auction of 2G spectrum by the first week of April, despite the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) statement that it will take more than one year to auction the spectrum.
"We will issue consultation paper in the first week of March and will give 15 days to the interested parties to respond," JS Sarma, chairman, TRAI, told HT. "By the first week of April, we will submit our recommendations to the government."
In its February 2 judgement on cancellation of 122 licences issued on or after January 10, 2008, the Supreme Court had directed the government to auction spectrum within four months.
The regulator was given two months to give recommendations of modalities of auction.
The telecom regulator had already done a lot of work on the pricing of 2G spectrum even before the judgement was announced. This, coupled with the experience of formulating the modalities for 3G auction in 2010, has helped TRAI in speeding up the recommendation procedure.
The DoT had earlier stated that 2G auction would take about 13 months to complete. In a presentation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, DoT secretary had said that an important issue that needs to be settled is that of the cancellation of licences issued between 2001 and 2007.