Being owned by the government has its own advantages. MTNL and BSNL have been already allotted the 3G spectrum and if all the trial tests prove successful, MTNL will be launching its commercial services by December. The current trial network is in and around the Delhi’s Connaught Place area. Mumbaikars will be getting their hands on the 3G pie by early next year.
DoT recently allocated one block of spectrum each to MTNL in Delhi and Mumbai and to BSNL in other service areas. This has been done ahead of the forthcoming auction of 3G spectrum for each telecom service area. DoT has already initiated the process for selection of the specialised agency for conduct of the e-auction. MTNL and BSNL will pay a price for the spectrum allocated to them equal to the highest bid in the respective service area.