RCom liberalises spectrum in 16 circles, to share and trade it with Reliance Jio

Anil Ambani’s telecom venture Reliance Communications (RCom) has Rs. 5,383.84 crore as spectrum liberalization fee to the Indian telecom department.


“RCom has on January 20, 2016 paid an aggregate amount of Rs 5,383.84 crore as liberalisation fee to DoT in relation to spectrum in the 800/850 MHz band held by it in 16 telecom circles,” the company said in a filing to the stick exchange.

The liberalization fee paid is in relation to spectrum in the 800/850 MHz band held by the company in 16 telecom circles.

“The Kolkata High Court, vide its judgment dated January 14, 2016, has already directed that RCom is not required to furnish any bank guarantees for disputed OTSC, as required by DoT, the company said in the filing.

The payment by RCom paves way for the telco to share and trade the liberalised spectrum with Jio without any hassles. Earlier this week, the Anil Ambani Company, and the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio entered into spectrum-trading and spectrum sharing agreements. Under the deal, Jio will buy airwaves in nine circles from RCom, while the two will subsequently share bandwidth in 17 circles.

Anshuman Thakur, strategy planning at RIL, had yesterday said that it’s RCom’s liability to make the payment for the liberalization of the spectrum. He had insisted that Reliance Jio has all the spectrum that is needed and it can launch even without RCom airwaves.

According to media reports, RCom received an immediate payout of Rs 4,500 crore from Reliance Jio. These proceeds were used to pay the spectrum liberalization cost. Both Jio and RCom will also enter into mutual Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) arrangements in the country.

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September 2, 2016 8:30 pm 8:30 PM

At what band is JIO launched 4g services in Bangalore ?

January 21, 2016 1:33 pm 1:33 PM

no one cares about band on signing deal between telecom, everone wants their phone to have good signal enough to make calls, sms and super data speed. u cant even find which band ur telecom using in ur circle.

Jyotirmoy Manna
January 24, 2016 1:14 pm 1:14 PM

If you don’t have proper band support, your handset will be like a scrap for a particular network.

January 21, 2016 9:13 pm 9:13 PM

@ – while “no one cares” about the band, please use a 900 Mhz Operator and also a 1800 Mhz operator on a good phone – only on 2G – you will, unless you are downright stupid, FEEL the difference. I dont know your Circle but here in AP & T we have the strong 900 Mhz supporting AIRTEL and IDEA – there is a huge difference between these 2 Operators and even VODAFONE who is on 1800 Mhz. Not to mention, TELENOR, RELICANCE GSM, TATA DOCOMO etc.

r bhattacharya
January 22, 2016 7:17 pm 7:17 PM

More of marketing gimmick than any real benefit. If quality was so good, why did they object to Government’s proposal of penalizing call drops?

Focus more on technical issues rather than on marketing “Worlds fastest 4g network otherwise free” campaign, and you will earn loyalty of “real people”

January 21, 2016 12:18 pm 12:18 PM

This mean reliance gonna shut down its CDMA network permanently. Hope they inform the customer..