Process of appointment of e-auction agency begins

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) The government today started the process of appointment of an e-auction agency to oversee the bidding process of 3G spectrum allocation, which is scheduled to be held in December.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT), which held a pre-bid conference here to select an online auction agency, discussed the Request For Proposal (RFP) document with prospective bidders and clarified their queries.

After the appointment of the e-auction agency, the design and contours of the auction process will be finalised in October by the agency in consultation with the DoT.

The auction will be conducted in December in line with the government plans of the roll out of 3G services.

With the coming in of 3G mobile services, subscribers will get access to a wide range of applications such as high-speed Internet access, video calls, fast music and video downloads, interactive gaming and global positioning over the Web.

As per schedule, potential service providers will have to submit their technical and financial bids by September 22.

Those who qualify will need to make a presentation before the DoT on September 24, the date when the technical bids will also open.

The financial bids of qualified bidders will open on September 26, and the government hopes to finalise the successful players by September 30.

State-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) have already been allotted frequency spectrum for 3G telephony.

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