Next 4G Spectrum Auction on 700MHz Band Coming by 2014

Spectrum AuctionIndia’s telecom minister Mr. Kapil Sibal has announced that Govt will conduct the auction for 700MHz spectrum by next year.

In an event to commission country’s first independent lab at Mumbai for measuring specific absorption rate (SAR) for mobile devices Mr. Sibal has told that Govt is going to auction 700MHz band (698-806 MHz) in any case by 2014.

It is almost certain that 700MHz band will be used for high speed connectivity via 4G. In United States LTE-FDD is widely deployed by Verizon over 700MHz band. The advantages of 700MHz band over earlier sold 2300MHz are several – 700MHz will provide more coverage, operators have to install lesser number of BTS and even can offer blanket coverage over the area. 700MHz can be best suitable for rural broadband.

It can be anticipated that the price of 700MHz band will be huge. Telecom sector is going through cash crisis, and who will buy it, that’s a big question.

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February 4, 2013 11:46 pm 11:46 PM

Govt will focus to monitor the co-oporate for implement the technology for common people chiper as possible as and increase employement. Our R&D sector is so weak neccesary to free hand coporate use update techonlogy.

January 23, 2013 11:12 am 11:12 AM

Does this mean the hastily deployed ‘LTE-TDD’ 2300 Mhz is going to be costly for the consumers?

January 22, 2013 7:29 pm 7:29 PM
In US, 700MHz band fetched $35bn for Govt which is nearly Rs. 192,500 crores. 30MHz was put up for auction. But that’s US and companies know that they will recover the cost on spectrum and infra. But in India, companies aren’t that financially sound especially after spending on 3G and BWA and due to lower ARPUs it’s not that easy to recover cost. So I’m not expecting Govt fixing too much high price. May be 1.5X of 900MHz which will be discovered in coming months. Also I’m skeptical about 700MHz being auctioned next year. Companies will not bid for that.… Read more »
February 4, 2013 11:41 pm 11:41 PM

Very well said altemate govt want money for Developed people but dont understand Co-operate can also Increase Employment ,logistic facility , rental based tower increase money to common people.

Tharun George
January 23, 2013 2:11 pm 2:11 PM

Since everyone accused Govt of selling spectrum for Cheap in 2008 2G scam, Govt is now trying the opposite. Selling it at Highest price possible.

January 23, 2013 10:48 am 10:48 AM

Yeah, correct. Congress govt wants to loot as much as it can before loosing power.

January 22, 2013 10:20 pm 10:20 PM

Very well said.