Bigger Auction Failure: Only SSTL for CDMA Spectrum, No Taker for GSM Airwaves

It seems government’s greedy policy to earn more and more money from telecom spectrum auction hits a total roadblock, as after November-2012’s gloomy spectrum auction show, the upcoming auction to be held by March 2013 is totally rejected by GSM players.

mobile-towerWell I have good news too, MTS users rejoice. The parent company of MTS India, Sistema Shyam Teleservices will definitely bid for 11 circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, UP east, UP west, Tamilnadu & Chennai, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharastra & Goa, West Bengal & Sikkim and Gujarat – and being the sole participant in the March 2013’s auction MTS is going to bag the spectrum in all of its top priority circles. MTS did not lost license in Rajasthan circle, and will eventually confirm its operations in another 11 circles.

Department of Telecom issued notice inviting applications for spectrum auction on 3oth January, 2013 and last date for submitting application was 22nd February, 2013. As the list of applicants was available over DoT’s website, there  is only one company – SSTL.

Interestingly GSM lobbies cried after EGoM reduced CDMA spectrum price by 50%, and Govt has plans to refarm 900MHz from incumbents- whose licenses are going to expire in 2014-15. They all demand further price cut and directly against spectrum refarming; and now it’s clear that they act smart by not buying spectrum at high price.

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March 2, 2013 10:15 am 10:15 AM

TRAI has to take action aginst MTS like uninor ……….. mts and uninou are same for us

February 28, 2013 11:59 pm 11:59 PM

A common man is not concerned about the Telecom policy, but the outcome of it. when the calling tariff is moving upward, it means something is wrong with the Telecom ministry.
Hell with the policies of government, we want better and affordable telecom services.

February 28, 2013 2:15 pm 2:15 PM

Airlines- there was a day when 1 Rupee ticket with no tax.
Then came Rs. 221 tax on 1 Rupee ticket
Now tax = Rs. 2500 +

Same will happen in telecom.

February 27, 2013 11:38 pm 11:38 PM

i think operators are sceptical about the “permanent tenure” of licences under auction (unlike the earlier 15-20 year tenure). So they are not participating in the auction.

February 27, 2013 7:05 pm 7:05 PM
this tactic of not to participate is going to cost dear… the govt is on election run , with 99% people wanting a government will be in position for harder stand( as hung parliament is projected). they cannot bend for tunes of corporate..(left may provide support for any non congress government).. so mts will be a profitable run.. how ever i guess major players will demand 10p per sms and 20p per call for termination charge.. mts and reliance will play the tune of skype. 1.offer high end cdma/lte devices with skype call.. throw away data prices of 1gb/30… Read more »
February 28, 2013 7:17 am 7:17 AM

We all knows the Golden Duck Story… The Moral is Greed’s never think about the future and facts…

February 27, 2013 9:13 pm 9:13 PM

Well said. I wish all your expectations come true.

Keshav Jha
February 27, 2013 2:45 pm 2:45 PM

MTS is taking part in this auction because GoI & SC compelled MTS to do so. Due to GoI corruption PAN India operators became circle wise & customers are facing the difficulties. I will suggest MTS to withdraw the hands and not to bid. We will wait for MTS till another auction. Otherwise MTS will pay more for the same spectrum and some other new bidder in next auction will pay less for the same spectrum and we will be charged at higher rates.

saurabh gupta
February 27, 2013 2:24 pm 2:24 PM

well now i think docomo can get spectrum in delhi circle if governemnt don’t put other conditions

February 27, 2013 1:21 pm 1:21 PM

This corrupt k¡pal is try earn more money which should be named as black money
When will this idiot stupid kapil
Be removed from telecom minister post
We want raja back he was great

I cant understand one thing that if a person is good at his post then why should that person be removed
Now we can take an example of Barack Obama he was great and that’s why he has again been chosen as the president

So the point is when one person is good at his post then he should not be removed (he should be reelected) …??

February 28, 2013 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

Raja was great? Are you mentally alright?

Ripudaman Singh
February 27, 2013 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

Hain?? A.Raja was great? Please elaborate how. 😮

February 28, 2013 12:33 pm 12:33 PM

raja was great, coz first telecom min tried to break d cartel. there was some irregularities, but cag report was exaggarated. cartel lobby draw media n raja got messed up. now see kapil sibal – why d hell he is not closing 3g roaming??

February 28, 2013 5:31 pm 5:31 PM

100% correct. Raja was great. Without Raja we can not enjoy cheap call rate today. Due to kabil sibal corrupt decision today we are suffering with high call rates. Idiot minister.

February 27, 2013 12:36 pm 12:36 PM

i think due to price hicking policy goverment are not get any further gsm player like tilinor

February 27, 2013 12:29 pm 12:29 PM
This is not surprising at all. Actually Goverment especially congress and Mr. Kapil Sibbal wanted to make the country believe that there was no 2G scam. So they kept price too high so that no one participate and they get the chance to say that there was either no loss or very little loss and CAG was wrong. They didn’t listened to planning commission’s recommendation over high price. They used TRAI as a scapegoat and they knew that in case of any uproar, they will put blame on TRAI as they are the one who recommended such a high price.… Read more »
Sajjad ahmed
February 28, 2013 12:46 am 12:46 AM

🙂 tussi great ho

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