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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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Telenor Submits Application for Pre-qualification in India’s Spectrum Auction

Telenor Group today said that it will bid in an upcoming auction of 2G spectrum and it has submitted its application for pre-qualification in the 1800 MHz band spectrum auction to the Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on 19 October. However company said that a final decision on whether or not to participate will be made before the auction starts.  Currently Telenor is opearting GSM services in India brand name… 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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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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Uninor To Scale Down Mobile Services in Four Telecom Circles

Uninor, the joint venture of Unitech and Norway telecom major Telenor today said that it will scale down GSM operations in Four circles out of the total 13 telecom circles where it is commercially active to focus resources on the remaining areas. Uninor India management has decided to prioritise its focus on Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa and seven other best performing circles of UP East, UP West, Bihar and Jharkhand,… Read More

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Operators Says Call Rates May Up By 30 Percent, Govt Says Difficult to Predict

India’s leading GSM mobile service providers – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Uninor and Videocon who are unhappy with the TRAI’s recommendations on spectrum, warned that high spectrum costs would lead to a 25-30% hike in call rates. While Government said it is difficult to predict likely changes in call rates of mobile telephones in the wake of cancellation of 122 licenses as per Supreme Court verdict. This is because,… Read More

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TRAI’s New Recommendations Will Set India Back in its Goal to Deliver “Broadband on Demand” – GSMA

World’s GSM Operators Association – GSMA today said that the Indian telecom regulator TRAI’s recommendations on the “Auction of Spectrum” will set India back in its goal to deliver “Broadband on Demand” to the citizens of India. GSMA stated that TRAI’s spectrum proposals disregard international best practice in spectrum policy and jeopardize the investment of billions of US dollars in new mobile infrastructure in a sector that either directly, or… Read More

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Supreme Court To Centre, Grant New 2G Licences Till 31st August 2012

The Supreme Court today extended time till August 31 for the auction and grant of fresh 2G mobile service licences in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case and further cited that operators having existing licence would continue till September 7. The Supreme Court also refused to grant 400 days to the Government to complete the process of fresh auctioning of the 2G spectrum and licences but extended the deadline… Read More

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Mobile Operators Opposes TRAI’s High 2G Auction Base Price, Call Rates May Rise upto Rs.5 Per Min

After burning hands in the 2G and 3G spectrum allocation, India’s Mobile service operators are now standing more to lose. Most of operators have opposed sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations of a base price for auction of 2G spectrum that is higher than the 3G price set in 2010. TRAI’s move may also hurt Uninor (Telenor) and MTS India (Sistema Shyam Teleservices) which had lost 2G… Read More

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TRAI Sets 2G Spectrum Reserve Price Higher Than 3G

India’s telecom regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finally today proposed a base price for auction of 2G spectrum that is 7th time higher than the 3G auction price of 2010. The value of 2G spectrum has been pegged at Rs 7 lakh crore. According to TRAI’s recommendation, For the the 900 mega hertz band (2G) a base price at Rs 7000 crore, which is twice the base price… Read More

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TRAI Says, No Separate Exit Policy – No Refunds For Telcos Wanting To Exit

In a major setback for mobile service operators, especially those whose mobile service licenses has been canceled by the Supreme Court under 2G verdict and who want to shut operations in India like Etisalat DB, STel and Loop Telecom ect., the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said there was no need for a separate exit policy. In its recommendations to the Department of Telecom (DoT), TRAI said “Presentiy there… Read More

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Loop Telecom Closer To Leave Market, Asks Subscribers To Port Out

After S Tel and Cheers Mobile /Etisalat DB, Now Loop Telecom whose mobile service licenses has been canceled by the Supreme Court under 2G verdict, has now come forward and asked all its GSM customers in 13 telecom circles (excluding Loop Mobile, Mumbai) to port out their mobile number to another operator using Mobile Number Portability (MNP) prior to the scheduled suspension of Loop Telecom’s Mobile services in all respective… Read More

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