Next telecom spectrum auction in 2-3 months: Prasad

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New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The next round of telecom spectrum auction, which is expected to mop up a whopping Rs.560,000 crore ($83 billion) will take place in another two-three months, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Friday.

“We have cleared spectrum trading and sharing. Therefore, issues regarding spectrum have been addressed. In the coming two-three months, 2,000 MHz of spectrum will be auctioned,” Prasad said in his address at the 9th Telecom India Summit organised by Assocham.

Earlier, industry stakeholders were expecting the auction – entailing bidding for bands 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz – to take place in June.

The minister reiterated that telecom service providers (TSP) need to improve the quality of its services and the customers should be happy.

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“The telecom operators should provide good service and quality service to the people. I only want people to be satisfied,” he said.

On Bharti Airtel, a day after the apex court waived call drop penalties from the service providers on May 11, announcing a 25 percent more stringent voluntary call drop benchmark, Prasad said: “Customers should be happy… I don’t understand self regulation!”

“It is in your interest to give quality services to the customers. Quest for quality services will always rise,” he told the telecom firms.



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