Govt to invite 3G bids this week: Raja

Govt to invite 3G bids this week: Raja

New Delhi: The government is all set to start the process of auctioning of spectrum for 3G mobile services as all issues with the law and the finance ministries have been resolved, telecom minister A. Raja said on Monday.

“The department of telecom (DoT) will issue notice inviting applications (NIA) from the potential bidders by the end of this week," Raja said.

Asked about the date for auction of spectrum, he said, “You can take 40-45 days from the date of issuing NIA."

Going by this, the auction cannot be completed within the current fiscal, with only 36 days remaining. On the issue of number of slots to be auctioned, persons familiar with the matter said three slots would be auctioned across the nation, but in some states the government may decide to allow four private players.

The minister also said plans to introduce mobile number portability would be further delayed by two months.