The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is considering holding the upcoming 2G spectrum auction via a two-stage bidding process in order to charge a premium for contiguous bands of frequencies, the Economic Times writes, citing minutes of a DoT meeting on the subject. Under the proposal, the first stage would determine the auction winners whilst the second would see those winners competing for the first slot of contiguous spectrum. The plans would not prevent other operators receiving contiguous frequencies at a later date, nor would those operators be required to pay an additional sum for their spectrum holdings to be made contiguous. According to the minutes: ‘Premiumness will only be charged with getting the contiguous spectrum immediately.’
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