DoT has now announced limiting the number of players in a 3G circle to 5. And now that govt. has already allotted license to BSNL and MTNL, private operators only have 4 slots to bid for (depending on the circle).
Delhi and Gujarat will have three 3G operators each, Uttar Pradesh (west) and Himachal Pradesh four, and West Bengal two. Rajasthan and the north-east would not have 3G services because spectrum is not available in these regions. – source
3G Auction, earlier slated for Jan 15th has now been pushed to Feb 9th.
BSNL and MTNL are enjoying the early benefits – BSNL is launching it’s 3G service in Chennai by Jan 2009 and MTNL is planning Delhi foray by Dec 2008.