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The government is looking at a fresh round of spectrum auction between July and December and will send a recommendation to the telecom regulator soon, a top official said on Tuesday.

"We are looking to do a spectrum auction every year so that telcos can plan their needs, whether they need to trade it, buy it from someone else or come to the auction. This ensures complete certainty and policy stability, telecom secretary J S Deepak told reporters on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress.

Bharti chairman Sunil Mittal had said on Monday that he does not see any spectrum sale in 2017-18 as operators had tanked up on spectrum. Deepak said, "We are not worried if there is no demand for spectrum. We don't get hassled if spectrum remains unsold. But we would like to give opportunity to the industry to buy spectrum as and when they need."

We have issued a draft service providers guidelines on which we have got comments. We were late in 3G and 4G and we were very keen that should not be deprived of 5G, he said.

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