DoT may not allow liberal payment terms for spectrum auction: Report

DoT may decide against the Trai’s recommendations to allow Indian telecom operators on liberal payment terms for spectrum auctions, according to an Economic Times report. The DoT may not allow the recommendations because it could hit the government’s revenue collections.


“The payment terms have already been eased. In the 2010 auctions, the government had received an upfront payment and later to support the industry, we changed it to staggered payment,” a DoT official told the publication.

Under the current terms, a telco or spectrum winner is required to pay the entire money upfront or 25% or 33% of the total amount initially, depending on the band, and the remainder in 10 equal instalments after a two-year moratorium, the report said.

In a bid to ease the burden for Indian telcos, the Trai had recommended that telcos be allowed to pay 10% of the winning bid initially for any spectrum in an auction. As per the recommendations, the balance, including interest, could be paid in equal instalments over the next 18 years. The Telecom Commission, an inter-ministerial panel, is scheduled to take a decision on the matter on March 30.

The panel will also decide on the pricing and quantum of 700 MHz spectrum to be auctioned.The regulator had earlier suggested a reserve price of Rs 11,485 crore a unit for the 700 MHz band – the most expensive – and a block size of 5 MHz for the upcoming auction.

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April 27, 2016 11:59 am 11:59 AM

All Rules & Regulation s are changed as per the whim & fancy to suit the Ambani Brothers.

April 27, 2016 2:35 pm 2:35 PM

+1 completely agreed whether that goes with conversion of BWA spectrum to liberalized format, to merger and acquisition , to spectrum selling and sharing, to regulation related to CSFB to IP based network for mobile call termination for VoLTE

April 27, 2016 3:29 pm 3:29 PM

Even if one accepts for the sake of an argument the baloney which the original poster has posted, any of these changes hurting you or the public interest? Eventually it’s the telecom users who will benefit.

April 27, 2016 5:02 pm 5:02 PM
definitely its not hurting me or any one. Even the Supreme court judgement said that allocation of spectrum without auction resulted in loss to the govt. but its also true because of first come first serve policy and allocation of spectrum to almost all company resulted in competition and worked in betterment of INDIANS. lets say during 2010 auction 2300Mhz was not put as BWA spectrum but as liberalized one than do u think it would have fetched that much lower price?? and almost each and every rule or bill are passed in favor directly or indirectly to reliance?? and… Read more »
April 27, 2016 6:24 pm 6:24 PM
@ankur, Are you an Aaptard by any chance? Lol. Sure sound like one. Everyone knows that there was a super corrupt govt. at the center in 2010, all of their decisions were dubious. You talk about facts but base your arguments on imagination and prejudice against Ambanis and Reliance. They are doing much better job for India than most of the people who do nothing but criticize them. They are not BSNL that they can keep running their company in losses without any care in the world. Yes they are a private organization so you can’t expect charity from them.… Read more »
April 28, 2016 10:37 am 10:37 AM
@sunny 1) for your correction I’m from our PM’s native state and have seen his work the improvement he made in infrastructure and so it obyo Wont prefer daramaebaaz AAP. 2) No body is defending 2010 govt but just saying that indirectly it helped us “INDIANS” only in case of spectrum. 3)none of my comments are based on imagination they are facts” conversion of BWA spectrum to liberalized format, to merger and acquisition , to spectrum selling and sharing, to regulation related to CSFB to IP based network for mobile call termination for VoLTE” all of them. 4)Bias really I… Read more »
April 27, 2016 7:36 pm 7:36 PM

Spoke like a perfect Modi bhakt. It can be clearly seen that these policies are only benefitting the Ambanis.

April 29, 2016 2:38 pm 2:38 PM

@Tremerin, bro don’t listen to paid media, go out and use your own judgement on how things are. Things are improving. Every party has idiots who keep blabbering nonsense and media magnifies that. Look at people like Piyush Goyal, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Ravishankar Prasad etc. These are the people who matter and such important ministries are doing a great job. Only paid media is dividing people. So be positive and don’t wait for someone to put 15 l in your pocket but earn them yourself and become capable to put 15 l in others’ pockets (not bribe, lol).

April 28, 2016 1:42 pm 1:42 PM

Arre bhai you can’t spend your life lamenting and saying everyone is a thief. Use your brain, see who’s working for bigger national interest and support them. Being neutral and indifferent has never helped anyone. We have to live here only. See positive things in life.

April 28, 2016 2:33 pm 2:33 PM

Brother even I was having high hopes during the last elections, but after the elections I saw the reality.Modi is genuinely trying but I don’t trust the rest in his empire who constantly want to create policy of division.

April 28, 2016 10:09 am 10:09 AM

Well, good thing for pessimists like you is that eventually our bhakti would prove beneficial for all Indians irrespective of their political, ideological, religious affiliations. We know we’re on the right track (some people choose to be blind to the progress). You can stay neutral and do nothing positive for the country or join the strongest team, at least if nothing, later on you’d have the satisfaction of being on the winning side. Peace out! \m/ YOLO!

April 28, 2016 11:58 am 11:58 AM

Brother If u think I am pessimist, be it,but what winning side you are talking I can’t understand. For me none is winning because problems such as poverty, corruption,crimes are just increasingJaneBerry, why can’t these winning and loosing side do something meaningful to solve these concrete problems. These problems will be solved happen wen India wins, not our corrupt politicians on both sides.

April 28, 2016 9:27 am 9:27 AM

Brother, I don’t support any political party because at end of the day all of them are going crucify the common man, be it here or there only the rich get honey.

April 27, 2016 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

Thanks for identifying me as a bhakt, always a compliment to be proud of. Bhakti is a timeless Indian tradition anyway so no shame in carrying it forward. It is not andh-bhakti mind you.

By the way dude you chose the wrong side lol still have time, get to this side. We can already see your dark future.

Tremerin D'Souza
April 27, 2016 11:46 pm 11:46 PM

no need bro, anyways all are thieves at least this side does not do fake promise of 15 lakhs in every Indians account.

April 27, 2016 10:43 am 10:43 AM

Very good. No one is bothered about this in Tamilnadu. The data price will soon reach Rs.500 per GB for 28 days in India where as VIVA offers 2048 GB any net home network data for 20 KD (Rs.4400) in Kuwait.

April 27, 2016 11:39 am 11:39 AM

@sudhakar you are biggest in here just complete your research than comment every post cheapest unlimited 4g lte in finland around 1270rs for 100mbps unlimited without fup and you are posting every were viva net you are employee from viva after your removable battery phone died

April 27, 2016 2:00 pm 2:00 PM

This time around I did not find anything provoking by sudhakar.
Even in Saudi Arabia, STC(VIVA is subsidiary of STC) provides unlimited 4g without FUP @Rs 1700/mth.