India will be hosting an international level Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) event later this year.
The project is the brainchild of the Department of Telecom (DoT), the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
Seven telecom operators have deposited Rs 14,653 crore as earnest money for the largest spectrum auction from October 1. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone can bid in any spectrum band in any of the telecom circles in the country.
Telecom towers are critical installations on which the backbone of mobile communication rests. These are essential for realising the vision of inclusive growth. The success of initiatives like Digital India, Smart Cities and Right to Broadband, which the government intends to implement in a mission mode, will also depend on this critical and essential infrastructure.
In India, for every 10 per cent of the population using basic services such as voice and SMS, the national GDP increases by 0.5 per cent; a similar expansion of Internet and other non-voice communication or data adds 1 per cent to GDP, according to government figures available with the countryÂ´s Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said the government is working towards a mega sale of 2G, 3G and 4G airwaves by June-July and would a take a call next month on the starting prices of seven bands, including the coveted 700 MHz 4G band, recommended by the sector regulator.
The Supreme Court directed Vodafone India to deposit Rs.2,000 crore with the department of telecommunications, paving the way for the phone company to go ahead with a three-year-old process to merge six group units amid a plan to revive an initial public offering (IPO).
Top mobile operators have urged the telecom department (DoT) to speed up harmonisation of 1800 MHz airwaves, an exercise that will free up an additional 10 MHz of contiguous 4G services spectrum in the band in the run-up to the next auction likely in March next year.