Centre to allot telecom spectrum to applicants soon: Ahmad

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Chennai, Nov 12 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shakeel Ahmad today said the Centre will allot telecom spectrum to various applicants, in a month.

Talking to reporters at an award distribution function of BSNL here, he said for making India's telecom industry a dream come true, the allocation of adequate quantity of spectrum was crucial.

On various charges being reportedly levelled by two telecom majors, Bharti and Reliance over Spectrum allocation, he said ''the government is 'technology neutral'. It will take a proper decision''.

Reacting to the recent reports that some major private telecom operators were seeking more spectrum, he said more spectrum will be allocated only when it was available.

Dr Ahmad also shared the government's plans to provide wireless broadband to every panchayat headquarters in the country.

The minister said ''spectrum from defence will be allotted to telecom players when defence vacates spectrum''.

After all, ''national security is of primary importance'', he said.

Earlier, speaking at the function, he said the Indian telecom industry had now overtaken China and become the fastest growing in the world with the lowest tariffs in the whole world.

UNI

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