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Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd on Tuesday attended a pre-bid conference organized by the telecom department for spectrum auction scheduled to start on 1 March, two people aware of the matter said.

The department of telecommunications (DoT) asked the telcos to submit written queries raised during the meeting on issues, rules and processes by 15 January, they said, adding the operators also sought clarity on aspects such as earnest money deposit and roll-out obligations mentioned in the document.

“All three telcos (Jio, Airtel and Vi) were present at today’s meeting, which is part of the process before spectrum auction…The meeting lasted less than an hour and telcos asked questions related to the bid document," said one of the two people cited above, both of whom spoke under condition of anonymity.

The DoT has already invited applications from eligible bidders for the sale of 2,251MHz of spectrum at a reserve price of 3.92 trillion. Spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1,800MHz, 2,100MHz, 2,300MHz and 2,500MHz bands have been put up for the auction.

Experts believe that 5 February will be an important date by which telecom operators will have to submit their applications for participation in the auction.

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