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India approves auction of telecom spectrum at reserve price of $11.6 billion

Sun rises over the telecommunication towers in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Thursday approved the auction of telecom spectrum at a total reserve price of 963.2 billion rupees ($11.61 billion), the information minister told reporters.

A total 10 GHz of radiowaves is up for sale in this year's auction, according to a government statement, much lower than the previous year as telecom firms have acquired enough to meet most of their bandwidth requirements in the previous auction.

($1 = 82.9620 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Shivam Patel in New Delhi; Editing by YP Rajesh)