Everywhere there is a unacceptation of Indian interim budjet,but more than that a very shocking news comes for fans across the India that thay have to wait more for the revolutionary 3G technology.
The finance ministry has scaled down the estimated revenue from the auction of third generation or 3G spectrum that takes place next fiscal to Rs.20,000 crore or $4.1 billion.
Communications and IT Minister, A. Raja, said that the government was originally anticipating revenue of Rs.30,000 crore from the auction. The revenue anticipated in the interim budget is now lower by one-third of what was expected earlier.
The auctions were supposed to take place in January, but have been postponed after some of the operators expressed concerns about raising funds in a slowing economy.
The Department of Telecommunications or DoT has prepared a draft note for the Cabinet on the auction, hiking the base price for each block of a pan-India license to Rs.4,040 crore from Rs.2,020 crore. The matter is still pending with the Cabinet, which was supposed to communicate its decision by January 30, 2009.
The Cabinet note had set a new deadline of end-March. However, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs is still deliberating on the note and many incumbent telecommunication service operators have opposed the auction, as they find themselves in an unprecedented financial crunch.
This will result in delay of much awaited launch of superfast high speed value added mobile services and it will not take place this fiscal year, as there are still some unresolved matters. In the interim budget presented, the Government has talked of 3G auction only in fiscal 2010.
As per interim budget, the Government anticipates total revenue of Rs.33,335 crore from license fees, entry fees and spectrum charges (primarily from 3G auction) in fiscal 2010, which is more than two fold of the revised estimate of Rs.13,174 crore during 2008-09.
In the interim budget, the finance ministry has made an allocation of only Rs.23.50 crore towards rolling out an optic fibre cable network for the defense sector despite DoT pegging the total requirement at Rs.10,000 crore.
Though the Universal Services Obligation fund has collected around Rs.20,000 crore for rolling out telecom services in rural areas, the finance ministry has allocated only Rs.1,800 crore for fiscal year 2010. This represents Rs.200 crore higher than what was allocated in fiscal year 2009. The industry has demanded more allocation for supporting rural roll out by private opera