India's union telecom minister, Kapil Sibal has said that the government is planning to auction the fourth generation (4G) mobile airwaves to the telecom service providers by within this year.
"By the end of the year, we are actually going to auction 4G (spectrum). That is what our intent is. We have enough spectrum now to share with everybody," he said. He was speaking at the at the India Day function that was organized at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in Spain.
He said that the government would auction enough spectrum for all the operators in the country. The government will have additional spectrum because of the scraping of 122 (2G) licenses by the Supreme Court in the auction scandal case and the defense forces are also expected to vacate spectrum for the ministry.
Sibal also said that the government might not offer all the spectrum in a single auction however the final decision on the matter will be taken after the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The ministry is aiming to make sure that the it is able to offer enough spectrum for operators so as to get a decent price.
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