Spectrum is a tax riddle, says PwC

The government should clarify
taxation rules regarding payments made for acquiring spectrum
while working to resolve the issue of 3G spectrum allocation,
according to financial consultancy firm PwC.

Bharti Airtel confident on 3G timeline

Bharti Airtel, India`s top mobile phone operator, said it is confident the country will proceed on schedule with 3G spectrum auctions in January, with high hopes for the technology in the competitive market.

Foreign cos abstain from 3G meet; telcos seek clarity

Foreign telecom companies on Monday stayed away from a meeting to discuss the blueprint for 3G (third generation) mobile spectrum auction.

BSNL for 5 players max in a circle with licence

BSNL has favoured a no-cap policy on the number of players in a service area but said if spectrum and licences are bundled together, as is the current practice, then there should be minimum 5 players to ensure fair competition.

BJP questions Raja’s silence over alleged NDA-era scam

Countering allegations levelled by Telecom Minister A Raja that the BJP-led NDA government was involved in the "biggest ever spectrum allocation scam", BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has asked why Raja has remained silent so far.

Raja takes on BJP over spectrum distribution

Telecom Minister A Raja on Friday hit out at the BJP saying free distribution of radio frequency among operators during the NDA regime may have cost the country over Rs 1.6 lakh cr.

Eco reforms accepted across India`s political spectrum: Prez

President Pratibha Patil told a gathering of top British figures from the world of business and finance Wednesday that economic reforms unleashed in 1991 have been accepted by all political parties in India.

Spectrum storm continues; Raja seeks FM`s help

After announcing that 3G spectrum would be auctioned on January 14, telecom minister A Raja has sought finance minister Pranab Mukherjee`s help to resolve persisting differences with the defence ministry.

Cong steers clear of CBI probe into spectrum irregularities

Congress on Tuesday steered clear of the controversy surrounding CBI investigation into the alleged irregularities in spectrum allocation, saying the work relates to the government and no political party should comment on it.

3G spectrum auction will take place as per schedule: Pilot

The auction of radio waves to start third generation (3G) telecom services in India will take place as scheduled, Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said here Tuesday.

CBI asked us for accounts, 2G licence documents: Idea

Mobile operator Idea Cellular said CBI has asked the company for its accounts and 2G licence documents in connection with alleged irregularities in allocation of spectrum to new operators by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

PM refuses to discuss Raja issue in public

Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Sunday refused to discuss in public Telecom
Minister A Raja`s contention that he had consulted him on
allocation of spectrum and parried questions on the demand for
Minister`s removal.

3G auction in Jan next year; foreign cos allowed to bid

The government on Saturday said foreign
firms would be allowed to bid for spectrum for third
generation mobile services and will start auctioning the radio
waves from January 14, 2010.

Not deviated from norms for spectrum allocation: Raja

Rejecting allegations of
alleged irregularities in spectrum allocation to telecom
firms, Communication and IT Minister A Raja on Saturday said he had
not deviated from the norms followed by his predecessors.

Oppn wants Raja sacked; CBI searches on

Opposition parties today demanded
that Telecom Minister A Raja be sacked to allow a fair probe
into the alleged corruption in spectrum allocation, as CBI
continued searches in offices of the ministry and mobile

We`ve reason to fix cut-off date for spectrum, govt tells HC

The government on Tuesday submitted
before the Delhi High Court that there was nothing arbitrary
about fixing a cutt-off date to apply for telecom licences
bundled with start-up 2G spectrum.

Govt sets up committee to monitor spectrum vacation by defence

With the auction for 3G spectrum round the corner, the government has set up a committee headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar to monitor vacation of radio waves by the defence forces.

Tata Tele knocks at DoT, seeks GSM spectrum in Delhi

Tata Teleservices said on Sunday it
has again approached the government for airwaves to roll out
its GSM service in Delhi immediately.

AUSPI wants Rs 2,020 cr as base price for 3G spectrum auction

Ahead of Thursday’s scheduled
EGoM meet, CDMA operators association AUSPI has asked the govt to auction all available 3G spectrum and keep a reserve price of Rs 2,020 crore as originally proposed by the Department of Telecom.

Govt may allow telecom operators to share spectrum

Govt is mulling allowing telecom operators to share spectrum among themselves to overcome frequency shortage.