First-come-first serve introduced in 2001, government to SC

The government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the controversial first-come-first-serve (FCFS) method for allocating telecom spectrum was introduced in January 2001.

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Thursday told the
Supreme Court that the controversial first-come-first-serve
(FCFS) method for allocating telecom spectrum was introduced
in January 2001.

The government`s response came to the Supreme Court`s
query to know when the concept was introduced.

According to agencies investigating the 2G spectrum scam,
the policy of first-come-first-serve was altered to benefit a
few firms to get 2G licence and spectrum ahead of others.

Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati, appearing for the
government, informed the apex court that the method, which has
come under the scrutiny of the apex court, was started by DoT
for allocation of telecom licenses bundled with start-up
spectrum since 2001 and it was never referred to TRAI for
consultation.

"This issue with regard to first-come-first-serve was
never refereed to TRAI," said Vahanvati to the bench adding it
was first started by the government in January 21, 2001, for
allocation of telecom spectrum to basic service operators.

He said it was also used in November, 2003, in a note for
allocation which was also approved by the government. These
facts are also recorded by the Justice Shivraj Patil Committee
report formed to look into the scam in spectrum allocation.

PTI