Backing the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recent recommendation that the government should make available more spectrum before it conducts the next round of auctions, Bharti Group chairman Sunil Mittal said on Thursday that the industry needed more spectrum and the government’s job was to make it available.
“Every country has the same amount of spectrum and it is not that India has less… It needs to be vacated from other places… Why should this (auction) be deferred?” Mittal said on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit. Trai has said that if the government fails to get more spectrum vacated by the defence forces and BSNL, it should postpone the auctions planned in February.
But an internal committee of the department of telecommunications, has concluded that getting more spectrum released is a time-consuming one, so the auctions should be held as per deadline for whatever quantum of spectrum the government has in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. FE