India's 3G Spectrum Auction Postponed Yet Again

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India has again postponed the auction of spectrum for 3G (third generation) services. The country's Department of Telecommunications said Monday on its Web site that the new dates for the auction will be announced soon.

The government postponed the auction to Jan. 30 after scheduling it for Jan. 16.

A separate auction of spectrum for broadband wireless access was to be held two days after the close of the 3G spectrum auction, according to a schedule outlined by the government last year.

The current delay is attributed by informed sources to disagreement between India's Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology over the floor price of the auction, with the Ministry of Finance favoring a higher floor price.

The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is against a higher floor price for the auction as it feels that may put off bidders.

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