Today, Ashwani Vaishnaw, the IT & Telecom minister stated that the Indian government wants to lure more players into the telecom industry. Especially, the government eyes to do so after the 5G spectrum auction with the assistance of structural reforms as well as the telecom relief package. More Telecom Operators Welcome The Minister added that it is crucial to have healthy competition in the telecom sector in the country as... Read More
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have submitted their upfront payments to DoT for the spectrum purchased earlier this month. As part of the official terms and conditions, the telcos purchasing spectrum will be required to pay a 50% or 25% upfront fee, depending on the band. The DoT is required to collect a 25% upfront fee for the spectrum purchased in 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 900 MHz... Read More
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will reportedly approach the telecom regulator Trai to reduce the minimum prices set for the auction of 5G airwaves in the country. A person aware of the matter told Livemint that the DoT would soon ask Trai to reconsider the prices of 5G airwaves and the 700 MHz band spectrum that went unsold in the last two spectrum auctions. In the past, we have seen... Read More
As expected, Vodafone Idea stayed low-key during the 4G spectrum auctions 2021. The telco focused mainly on renewing the spectrum that was expiring soon. It is worth noting that Vi entered the auctions with the largest quantum of spectrum amongst all the operators. But it also purchased spectrum in five circles to enhance its 4G network’s efficiency and experience. Analysts expected Vi to make the least purchases since the telco... Read More
The spectrum auctions 2021 concluded recently with Airtel spending Rs 18,699 crores for acquiring 355.45 MHz of spectrum across 2300 MHz, mid-band, and Sub GHz band. The telco is looking to enhance its network quality and has said that it will be able to cover 90 million more users across the rural areas of India with the new spectrum. We have broken down the spectrum purchases of Airtel across different... Read More
Bharti Airtel spent a total of Rs 18,699 crores in the recently concluded 4G spectrum auctions. The auctions were conducted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), under which the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz spectrum bands were up for bidding. Airtel acquired 355.45 MHz of spectrum across Sub GHz, mid, and the 2300 MHz bands against the total spending of... Read More
The day one of Spectrum Auction 2021 is now over and the DoT has released the bids it received so far today. Unlike what was expected, the government received winning bids worth Rs 77,146 crore from the three telecom operators who participated in the bidding today. The government expected bids of around Rs 45,000 crore, but telcos have exceeded the expectations in this auction. Airwaves sold in the 800 MHz... Read More
The much-awaited Telecom Spectrum Auction 2021 will be taking place later today. The top three telcos- Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are confirmed to place their bids. On the one hand, we have Reliance Jio which is expected to go aggressive in the spectrum auction because the telco's liberalised spectrum in the 850 MHz frequency band is set to expire this year across several circles. The liberalised spectrum... Read More
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will soon allocate 5G spectrum to the telcos for testing purposes. But the number of telcos that participate in buying the concerned spectrum for conducting trials is expected to be very small, given the spectrum pricing is very high. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) needs to look at the reserve price set for the 5G spectrum and lower it. The regulator has recommended... Read More
As we reported a few hours ago, the DoT has disclosed the earnest money deposit (EMD) placed by each telecom operator for the spectrum auction 2021. For those who are unaware, EMD helps in understanding the maximum spectrum payout of a telecom operator. In general, the pre-qualified operators can buy spectrum worth 5-7x of EMD. ICICI Securities, in its report, said that the EMD of Bharti Airtel is higher than... Read More
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released a press note revealing the pre-qualified bidders and their earnest money deposit (EMD) for the upcoming spectrum auction. India is having a spectrum auction after more than three years, but sadly, this auction will not have 5G airwaves. In the spectrum auction 2021, the DoT is auctioning 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHZ & 2500 MHz bands.... Read More
Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and Bharti Airtel have submitted applications for the upcoming spectrum auctions. The spectrum auction will start from March 1, 2021, but will only be for airwaves primarily used for providing 4G services. Telcos will get to purchase from a total of 2,251.25 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz bands. The base... Read More
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