Trai wants auction of 3G spectrum after formation of new govt

The 3G spectrum in the 2,100 Mhz band should be made available by June and be auctioned immediately after the new government takes charge, Trai Chairman Rahul Khullar said on Tuesday.

''You should be planning now what you are going to do in next 3-4 years from now. One is get 2,100 Mhz out by June and the moment the new government takes charge, auction it,'' Khullar said at an event here.

He said aggressive bidding in the ongoing spectrum auction may be because of the reason that companies are not sure when will they have next set of spectrum available for commercial use.

A major chunk of spectrum fit for telecom services is at present held by the defence ministry which has agreed to vacate that once an alternate communication network is put in place by the telecom ministry.

State-run telecom firm BSNL is executing a project for that which the company expects to be ready by mid of 2015.

''Authority has decided that in course of next quarter over 2-3 months, we will release a paper on broadband where you will see various kind of solutions,'' Khullar said while talking about challenges in proliferation of broadband services.

Khullar also criticised the delay in rolling out of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) which aims to provide broadband connectivity across all 2.5 lakh village panchayats.

Earlier government had set the target to complete roll out by 2012 which was later deferred to 2014-end and then again till March 2015.

Where large amount of USOF money is given in North East, take it from me, one particular organisation is still doing research two years after contract was given,'' the Trai chairman said.

The Trai chairman also questioned the government's decision of not involving private sector players in rolling out NOFN.

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