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DoT invites Application for 1800MHz and 900MHz Spectrum Auction Starting January 23

India’s Department of Telecom invites application for 2G spectrum auction starting January 23, 2014. The DoT has issued the NIA document (Notice of Inviting Application) to start in 1800MHz and 900MHz band spectrum auction. According to the DoT, the award of Spectrum in 1800MHz and 900MHz band shall be conducted as a single process. A common Notice has been issued only for the sake of convenience.The last date for submission… Read More

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MTS India and Uninor (Mumbai) Mobile Services Can Be Continued Till March 11

Supreme Court of India once again allowed MTS India and Uninor (Mumbai circle), whose mobile service license were due to be revoked on 18th January as per an earlier Supreme Court’s order, will continue their mobile services until it hears the case next on 11 March, 2013. The Supreme Court of India was scheduled to hear the case on February 4 as earlier we shared on TelecomTALK, but changed the… Read More

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MTS India Says Will Not Exit Indian Telecom Market

MTS India the CDMA Mobile service of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) with over 16 million customers today said that it will not exit the Indian telecom market as it is hopeful of a positive response on its curative petition from the apex court.   MTS India has stayed away from the recent spectrum auction and its 21 licences are valid till 18th January 2013 as per Supreme Court’s order.… Read More

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DoT Issues Final List Of Bidders For 1800 MHz GSM Spectrum Auction

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) today issues final list of bidders for 1800 MHz GSM Spectrum Auction. There are only five players Airtel, Vodafone, Videocon, Idea Cellular and Telewings (Telenor -Uninor) left in the race for GSM spectrum. There are no bidders left for 800 Mhz CDMA spectrum as Tata Teleservices (Tata Docomo CDMA) and Videocon Telecomminications withdrawing thier application as earlier we shared on TelecomTalk. Tata Teleservices had applied… Read More

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Exclusive : Tata Teleservices Withdraws Bid for 800 Mhz CDMA Spectrum, No Taker For CDMA in India!

After Videocon, now India’s leading CDMA and GSM Mobile service operator Tata Teleservices is believed to have withdrawn its application for bidding of airwaves in the 800 Mhz band in 3 circles which would be used for CDMA operations as TelecomTalk ‘s multiple exclusive sources confirmed. Few days back, Videocon has also withdrawn its bid for CDMA spectrum so as of now there will be no auction for CDMA and… Read More

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Tata DOCOMO Will Get 4.4 mhz GSM Spectrum in Delhi Circle

There is some good news for Tata DOCOMO GSM Mobile services users, Govt of India has decided that Tata Teleservices will be given 4.4 mhz 2G spectrum for GSM services (in the 1800 MHz band) in  Delhi circle after the completion of the current 2G spectrum auction process. With this new development, Tata Teleservices will get 4.4 mhz of spectrum in Delhi & NCR circle, four years after having paid… Read More

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Videocon Telecommunications Withdraws Bid for CDMA Spectrum

Videocon Telecommunications today withdrawn its bid for the 800 Mhz band – CDMA Spectrum in the upcoming 2G Spectrum Auction of India. On October 29 Videocon has announced as a pre-qualifier in bidding process by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The last date for withdrawing applications is 5 November. Videocon which has also applied for GSM spectrum, had got the 2G licenses for 21 telecom circles in 2008 which has been… Read More

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MTS India (SSTL) Will Not Participate In the 2G Spectrum Auction

MTS India the CDMA Mobile service of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) with over 16 million customers today said that it has decided NOT to participate in the 2G spectrum auction. The company said that “Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) has consistently maintained that it has been unfairly penalised in the February ruling of the Supreme Court and has filed a Curative Petition seeking to restore its licences. SSTL was… Read More

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Etisalat Will Not Bid for India’s 2G Spectrum Auction Scheduled in November

Etisalat one of the largest telecom operators in UAE, today said that it has decided not to bid for 2G Spectrum in an India’s auction scheduled in November. Etisalat earlier February 22nd, 2012 shut down its Indian mobile operations – Cheers Mobile, after a Supreme Court’s ordered to revoke mobile service license under 2G verdict. The company said that “Etisalat Group has decided not to participate in the auction,” said… Read More

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Supreme Court Extends 2G Spectrum Auction Deadline till January 11, 2013

India’s Supreme Court today extends 2G Spectrum auction deadline till January 11, 2013 and allowed mobile service operators whose current licences are set to be revoked to operate their mobile services until January 18, 2013. It will be the big relief for the operators like MTS India (SSTL) and Uninor (as their current licenses are valid till September 7) which are serious to continue the services among all new operators… Read More

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Empowered Group of Ministers To Seek Extension of August 31 Deadline

The Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom will approach the Supreme Court to seek the extension of August 31 deadline to complete the auction of 2G airwaves and would look at starting the auction process by November. After cancelling 122 telecom licences in February the Supreme Court had asked the Government to complete the 2G spectrum auction by August 31. It had extended the validity of quashed licences till September… Read More

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MTS India Finds CDMA Spectrum Reserve Price Disappointing

India’s only pure-play CDMA operator Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates under MTS India brand name said that reserve price for CDMA spectrum (800 Mhz) as approved by the cabinet is excessively high and would be a disappointment for the CDMA operator. Mr. Vsevolod Rozanov, President & CEO, Sistema Shyam TeleServices (MTS India) said that “Given the realistic sectoral environment and market dynamics, I believe that the reserve price for… Read More

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Reserve Price for Spectrum Auction Will Not Have Major Impact on BSNL : Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay

India’s National Telecom backbone and Pan India 3G Mobile service operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has said that the Government’s decision to fix the Reserve price for for GSM spectrum auction at Rs 14,000 crore would not not have major impact on BSNL in the immediate future. Mr. R.K. Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL, said that BSNL was striving to ensure quality and affordable mobile, basic telecom and… Read More

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Exclusive : Uninor To Shut Down GSM Operations in Four Telecom Circles, Asking Customers To Port Out From Its Network Before 31st August

Uninor the joint venture of Unitech and Norway telecom major Telenor whose mobile service licenses has been canceled by the Supreme Court under 2G verdict, has started its ‘Operation Shut Down’ in four telecom circles – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Orissa. Our exclusive sources confirms that Uninor will soon ask its users in these circles to port out their mobile number to another operator using Mobile Number Portability (MNP)… Read More

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Govt Fixes Rs 14,000 crore as reserve price for 2G spectrum

The government has set a reserve price of Rs 14,000 crore for the proposed auction of the 2G spectrum, which is at the lower end of the band recommended by the group of ministers on telecom, much lower than the price set by telecom regulator. The Union Cabinet also approved a levy of 3-8 percent on different slabs as annual spectrum usage charges, which was in line with recommendations of… Read More

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