RCom Furnishes Corporate Guarantee of Rs 1,400 Crore to DoT, Inches Towards the Spectrum Sale to Jio

Reliance Communications today said its subsidiary Reliance Realty has furnished the corporate guarantee of Rs 1,400 crore to Telecom Department as directed by the Supreme Court, stepping closer towards concluding its spectrum sale to Reliance Jio. The Supreme Court on November 30, had asked the Department of Telecom (DoT) to give a no-objection certificate (NoC) to Reliance Communications to sell its spectrum to Reliance Jio, provided a corporate guarantee of the said amount is furnished by its group firm in favour of the government.

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“As per the order….of the Supreme Court of India, Reliance Realty Limited, a 100% subsidiary of RCom, has submitted the corporate guarantee of Rs 1,400 crore to the DoT. As per the said order, DoT is to approve the spectrum trading within this week,” RCom spokesperson said in a statement.

RCom said that the proceeds from the spectrum deal would be used to clear the dues of Ericsson and RITL (Reliance Infratel) minority investors, and added that Reliance Communications’ asset monetisation blueprint is moving as per plan.

Late last week, a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman said the NoC would be given to Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom), the Anil Ambani group firm, by the Telecom Department, if Reliance Realty furnishes the corporate guarantee within two days.

The order came on a petition filed by the Telecom Department against the order of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) which had allowed RCom to sell spectrum to Reliance Jio without providing the bank guarantee of around Rs 2,900 crore to the DoT.

The TDSAT, in its last month order, had rejected DoT’s plea seeking bank guarantee of around Rs 2,900 crore before it permits the sale of RCom spectrum to Reliance Jio. RCom has signed an agreement with Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd to sell its spectrum and other telecom assets for an estimated Rs 25,000 crore and partially clear its debt of about Rs 46,000 crore.

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17 Comments on "RCom Furnishes Corporate Guarantee of Rs 1,400 Crore to DoT, Inches Towards the Spectrum Sale to Jio"

 

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Tushar Malhotra Ludhiana Punjab
December 3, 2018 8:40 pm 8:40 PM

When can we expect to see improvement in the jio network after the deal is settled?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
December 4, 2018 5:14 am 5:14 AM

In 2020. Even after this deal is settled, Jio will need to buy more spectrum in the upcoming auctions as the 850MHz band that they’re getting from Rcom isn’t much. So they’ll be buying more in the auctions in September 2019. So expect to see an improvement in Jio’s network post September 2019. They might take a while to implement it on all antennae around India, so expect it by March 2020.

Vishal | Chennai
December 3, 2018 6:57 pm 6:57 PM

Any idea on aircel spectrum ? Who will get their spectrum jio or Airtel? @Chetan , @Esmail

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
December 3, 2018 9:22 pm 9:22 PM

It could go back to the government I believe. You should ask on the spectrum chart. Esmail is mostly active there.

Chetan
December 3, 2018 8:45 pm 8:45 PM

Airtel band 1 appetite is full after Tata docomo acquisition. It will be taken over by Jio

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 3, 2018 8:17 pm 8:17 PM

Depends upon*

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 3, 2018 8:17 pm 8:17 PM

Jio might buy it. Airtel is in lot of debt. A lot will happen how much customers will leave Airtel.

SACHIN
December 3, 2018 7:41 pm 7:41 PM

amit shah will buy this

Pichatis
December 4, 2018 7:43 am 7:43 AM

what about Papu?

dragonmonk
December 4, 2018 5:58 pm 5:58 PM

@pichatis He’s bankrupt while Amit S is looting the country!

Hari
December 3, 2018 5:51 pm 5:51 PM

Mukesh Ambani will take another one year to add spectrum to Jio like their jio fiber launch this will go without end……

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
December 3, 2018 9:21 pm 9:21 PM

They can’t add more spectrum right now. They need it in 5, 10, 15 or 20MHz. Rcom spectrum was meagre. Jio will have to buy more band 5 in the auctions to make 10MHz continuous in all circles. Same for band 3. Add 4×4 MIMO to those bands and then there’ll be barely any congestion.

Jio will be able to buy more spectrum only in September 2019 and every September after.

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