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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.