New Delhi: Two ministerial panels on telecom matters --EGoM that will decide on the third round of spectrum auction, and GoM that will take a call on revival of BSNL and MTNL-- are likely meet in the next 10 days, sources said.
The EGoM would take a call on the number of telecom circles in which the third round of spectrum auction should be conducted in order to comply with a Supreme Court order. It will also decide on auction schedule and the reserve price of spectrum.
The Supreme Court on February 15, 2013, had directed the government to put the entire spectrum for auction that was freed from cancellation of 122 2G licences.
The government had put on sale 271.25 Mhz of spectrum in November, 2012 even as 514.8 Mhz of spectrum was freed after cancellation of licences.
The GoM to look into the matter of reviving loss-making BSNL and MTNL was constituted after Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised concerns over the future of the two PSUs.
BSNL's losses are expected to be about Rs 8,198 crore for financial year 2012-13, while losses of MTNL are likely to be around Rs 3,300 crore.
Meanwhile, the DoT is likely to send the new telecom licences, Unified Licences, to the Law Ministry's for legal vetting of the framework.
The new licences, as per National Telecom Policy 2012, and various government announcement are expected to be more liberal in nature compared to old telecom licences.
First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013, 21:52