3G-auction closes after ensuring over Rs 70,000 crore revenue to Centre

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New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): The auction for 3G licence concluded on Wednesday with bids for pan-India licence touching to the tune of Rs 16,828 crore.

The bidding ensures the Union Government a revenue of Rs 70,000 crore - which is double the amount of it expected to collect.

The 3G services would allow users to access high-speed data downloads on mobile phones.

Reportedly, Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone Essar have won in some of the circles in the auction that lasted 34 days.

Details of who have secured all-India licence, are awaited.

As per the latest figures, the pan-India licence bid touched Rs 16,828 crore compared to the reserve price of Rs 3,500 crore.

With the close of auction for 3G telephony spectrum, the Centre would commence the auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum in a couple of days.

Nine leading mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, RCom and the Tatas, had entered the auction to grab spectrum for 3G services.(ANI)

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