No auction of 2G spectrum

Friday, 26 October 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Radio waves or spectrum required to roll out existing second generation (2G) mobile telephony services would not be auctioned, Communications and IT Minister A. Raja said Thursday.

"We will follow the existing norms for allocation of spectrum. As recommended by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), there will be no auction of 2G (spectrum)," Raja told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Earlier in the day, the minister said the defence ministry would be vacating the spectrum by the end of this year, which would help in rolling out 3G services by the middle of next year.

On the issue of implementing mobile number portability, Raja said: "This issue has to be discussed with all existing operators, as ultimately they have to implement it."

Mobile number portability allows users to retain their numbers even if they change their service operator.
Source: IANS
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