EGoM on telecom likely to discuss spectrum sale today

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram is likely to finalise the schedule for second round of spectrum auction here today.

The EGoM on telecom is also likely to discuss spectrum sale in 800 MHz band which is used for offering CDMA services.

According to Television reports, the high-powered panel in its last meeting on January 3, deliberated on the spectrum sale in 1800/900 MHz bands but did not finalised a date for the start of auction process.

Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had earlier said the government would do another auction for the unsold spectrum by March 2013.

"The intent is to try and have another auction before March 31. We will discuss how to move forward and take a call on it," Sibal had earlier said.

Referring to the lukewarm response to the Supreme Court mandated auction of 2G spectrum, Sibal said: "The government did exactly what the courts wanted it to do-that is sell the airwaves, or radio frequency spectrum, that was vacated after 122 licences and accompanying spectrum issued in 2008 were cancelled by virtue of a apex court order.

Stressing that "policy is best left to government", Sibal said that February's Supreme Court order, which cancelled 122 licenses sold in 2008 and asked for spectrum to be auctioned meant that the "government was limited in its policy prescriptions, had to move forward in a certain way. Which is why you saw what happened a few days ago." (ANI)

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