Wait for next gen telecom services gets longerJuly 23rd, 2009 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The wait for the auction of radio waves to start third generation (3G) telecom services in India has got longer. A key ministry panel that will take a decision on crucial issues like pricing is scheduled to meet only at the end of the month.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) constituted to take a decision on the issue will meet July 31, a senior government official said Thursday.
“The EGoM will meet on July 31 and only then we would decide on the reserve price of (3G) and the time line for its auction,” said Department of Telecom (DoT) Secretary Sidhharth Behura on the sidelines of the Assocham Telecom Summit here.
The auction process has been delayed several times since January when it was first scheduled to happen.
Once the EGoM takes the decision, fresh time line for auctions will be announced.
The government constituted the EGoM July 13 to look into matters relating to pricing of spectrum and number of operators to be allowed in each telecom circle.
The finance ministry has proposed a base price of Rs.4,040 crore for 3G spectrum whereas the DoT suggested Rs.3,540 crore. While presenting the union budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Rs.35,000 crore was expected to be raised from the auction.
Other members of the EGoM are Communications Minister A. Raja, besides cabinet ministers P. Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar, A.K. Antony, Veerappa Moily, Ambika Soni, Prithviraj Chavan and also the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Regarding the rollout of mobile number portability (MNP), Behura said it was on schedule.
But when asked about the delay, he said: “MNP is a new process and it is only in three or four countries so it is taking some time for us to decide on tariff and other related issues.”
The country’s telecom watchdog, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), issued a consultation paper Wednesday seeking the opinion of industry stakeholders to determine the service charge.
MNP once implemented will allow subscribers to retain their existing mobile number when they switch from one service provider to another or from one technology to another of the same service provider.
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