RCom Approaches Telecom Ministry to Surrender 1800 Spectrum in Four Circles: Report

By June 30th, 2017 AT 5:38 PM

Reliance Communications (RCom), the ailing private telecom operator, has reportedly approached the telecom ministry to surrender a part of its spectrum holdings in the 1,800-MHz frequency in four circles Mumbai, Karnataka, Haryana, and Punjab and has been purchased. The telco had bought 0.6 MHz spectrum in Mumbai for around Rs 160 crore, Karnataka for Rs 108 crore, Punjab for Rs 42 crore and Haryana for Rs 27 crore.


According to a report in the Times of India on Friday, the Anil Ambani-led telecom venture has sought a refund of some of the payments, which have been made. The report added that the move, upon approval from the Indian government, will allow RCom to “escape paying the instalments towards the purchase of spectrum that it now wants to surrender.”

RCom has already made down-payments for the circles at the time of the purchase. For Mumbai, it paid the first instalment this year, while for other three circles, the instalments start only from next year, the TOI report said, citing sources.

According to the government rules, 33% of the bid amount has to be paid immediately, while the rest of the money (including interest outgo) has to be paid over a 10-year period following a moratorium of two years.

The debt-laden telecom operator recently said that it would pay Rs 14,000 from proceeds of the Aircel deal, and Rs 11,000 crore from the Brookfield transaction to lenders before December 2017. RCom also plans to monetize part of its real estate to raise Rs 6,000 crore, and reduce overall debt from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 14,000 crore.

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I have a mts cdma no, and will not continue to use it once rcom shut down cdma n ask us to port to aircom gsm. I want to know mts will be shut down. And in Kolkata which operator – airtel n vodafone is doing best? My cjoice is airtel – as they have 1Gb or more per day data plans, even at 399 or something I can get unlmtd call + 1Gb/day for 70 days @399. While vodafone has only 1of such plan : at Rs 354 I can hv same for 28 days.


Use IDEA if possible. It’s not bad in WB but don’t know about Kolkata.


The 399 airtel plan for 70 days has total 3000 mins on other network . Secondly 1gb daily data can not be used as hotspot. Roaming calls outgoing to be charged extra.

Still the plan is good & applicable one time only. U have to be lucky to enroll under this plan as the plan is not open for all.


Kya punjab mei rcom close ho jai gi


Nahi. Only 0.6 mhz of spectrum is being sold. Ab 2020 tak aircom will work.

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