India’s 3G story has got a new twist with DoT proposing to auction all the spectrum, but limit the number of operators to four.
As per the earlier recommendation by TRAI (and agreed by DoT), each operator was to be given 5MHz of spectrum and a circle can potentially accommodate 12 operators (govt. has 3G spectrum between 5-60MHz, depending on the circle).
Also, the earlier recommendation was for 4 blocks per circle (except Delhi), and DoT has now recommended that government could auction more than four blocks of spectrum but will not exhaust all available spectrum.
Who cares if the 3G auction delay amounts to $16Bn loss to Indian govt.!