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India 3G spectrum allocation to start from Sept 1: Govt

(PTI)The government on Friday said the telecom operators, who had bagged 3G spectrum in the auction held recently, would be allocated airwaves from September 1, paving way for launch of high-speed mobile broadband services.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) had set September 1 as the deadline for allocating spectrum, as per the schedule of auction, which fetched the government over Rs. 67,000 crore for selling 3G frequency.

There are, however, apprehensions in the industry as the defence forces are yet to vacate spectrum in several areas, as the alternate network for them is still not ready.

Asked whether government will be able to give spectrum on time, Minister of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said on the sidelines of an Assocham event, "After September 1, 2010, allocation will take place and services will be rolled out."

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