BSNL says is interested in buying 700 Mhz spectrum in 6 circles

By February 29th, 2016 AT 3:39 PM

State-run telecom operator BSNL is planning to buy 5 MHz spectrum in premium 700 MHz band in six service areas—- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kolkata and Tamil Nadu, as it looks to strengthen coverage in the country.

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The telco doesn’t possess airwaves in 2500 MHz band in these service areas. BSNL said that it will pay the market determined price for the circles after the auction concludes, and it will ask government to keep one slot reserved for it.

BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava told PTI that the matter has been discussed internally and soon it will write to government to reserve one slot for it. According to him, the ecosystem for 700 Mhz is developing very fast because it will give better coverage to the telecom operators.

The telecom regular recommended a base price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for 700 Mhz, which are to be auctioned in the upcoming round of bidding. However, most of the telcos feel that the reserve price for 700 Mhz is too steep and put strain on their balance sheets.

Spectrum in 700 Mhz is considered more economical for providing telephony services compared to other bands like 900 Mhz or 1800 Mhz.

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Prashant
Prashant

I recently ported to BSNL from Airtel ( nothing wrong with Airtel) just to take advantage of free roaming and 3G coverage in rural area as I travel a lot. Just one day after my SIM activation I was bombarded by pathetic services offered by BSNL. In Hyderabad city, 20% of all calls are dropping, not able to access internet when signal is like 30-40%, my 4 recharges got failed but amount got deducted from retailer’s account, had to visit my local exchange to sort things out. This is totally opposite to what I expected from BSNL. I actually recommend… Read more »

Rhishav
Rhishav

+1

Ranganathan Rajagopalan
Ranganathan Rajagopalan

700 MHz is very efficient. Good strategy by BSNL.Already Infocus M810 is ready with 4G LTE 700 MHz

S Gopal
S Gopal

+1

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