India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is aiming to launch the long-delayed mass spectrum auction by the end of the year, the Economic Times writes, citing a senior DoT official. According to the source, the DoT’s Digital Communications Commission is expected to greenlight the recommended pricing for the airwaves later this month and the regulator expects to complete the auction by 30 November. The sale will see over 8,000MHz of airwaves put up for sale across the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz ranges including 4G and 5G-compatible airwaves. Commenting on concerns over participation in the sale, given the industry’s current financial struggles and complaints from sector stakeholders about the ‘exorbitant’ prices set for the spectrum, the official said: ‘There may be a case where there are no takers for a particular band, but we don’t believe there won’t be any demand’.
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