New Delhi, Feb 25: The 3G spectrum auction will finally be held on Apr 9 and application from prospective bidders will be invited from Thursday, Feb 25.
A government notification while announcing the date of auction as Apr 9, said that a notice inviting application will begin from Feb 23 and the last date for submission of the application will be Mar 19.
The pre-qualification of bidders would take place on Mar 30, while on the 5th and the 6th of April mock auctions would be held.
The auctions for the 3G spectrum have been postponed twice, despite the announcement of the auction dates.
While the announcement of the dates have brought relief to the most of the operators like Bharti, Vodafone, Rcom and Tatas, who are reportedly ready with the auction plans, they are waiting for NIA for confirmation.
The auctions had to be deferred owing to the differences between government departments regarding the pricing of wireless radio spectrum and on the availability of spectrum to be auctioned.
However, Telecom Minister A Raja said that the issues were resolved.