EVDO Auction Open to CDMA Players Only
The government has decided that only existing CDMA operators will be allowed to bid for EVDO spectrum (CDMA version of 3G), unlike in the case of 3G auction where even non-UASL (Unified Access Service License) holders and new players will be allowed to bid.
The EVDO spectrum auction is scheduled to be held two days after the 3G bid.
According to a DoT statement, only existing UAS Licencees offering CDMA services will be eligible to bid. One carrier (2 x 1.25 MHz) of EVDO would be auctioned in circles where adequate spectrum (at least two carrier) is available, it further said..
CDMA operators will be allotted EVDO spectrum in the 800 MHz band. Specific frequency to be awarded to successful bidders would be decided post the auctions to enhance usage efficiency, said DoT.
Meanwhile, DoT announced that it will request the finance ministry to consider the amount paid by successful bidders of 3G spectrum under capital assets and be allowed to be included under amortization for 20 years, which will provide some tax savings.
DoT also clarified that it had decided not to allow any subsidiary of the successful bidder to be allotted the spectrum. It also made it clear that the spectrum will be granted only to the UASL holder.
In case some spectrum blocks fail to attract any bids, DoT said it will retain these blocks and may go in for another auction within 12 months.
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