Spectrum auctions: Nokia says telcos may focus on pan-India 3G footprint, may skip 700 MHz

Finnish telecom equipment maker is of the view that Indian telcos will primarily focus on buying the 2100 Mhz spectrum to achieve pan-India 3G through the upcoming auctions, and may aggressively bid for the 700 Mhz band in upcoming spectrum auction due to its excessively steep pricing, compared to other markets, ET reported.


Sandeep Girotra, vice-president at Nokia, told the publication that the Indian telcos’ move to getpan-India 3G footprint will be aimed at driving internet penetration in the country and serve the booming data market. Telcos may not run after the the 700 Mhz band due to its excessively steep pricing, compared to other markets, he said, indicating that carriers may well skip the band.

Trai had recommended a reserve price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz, the highest ever in the 700 MHz band, but the price has been heavily criticized by the industry as being very high, with market leader Bharti Airtel even calling it “unaffordable”.

Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have openly said they may not bid for it due to associated ecosystem challenges. On the other hand, Telenor wants the government to put the maximum quantum of 700 MHz up for sale in the upcoming auctions.

The government is looking to start the biggest ever spectrum auction around mid-July this year, according to PTI.
Telecom Commission, the sector’s highest policy-making body, is meeting on March 28, to decide upon the spectrum pricing, and fate of the 700 Mhz.

The government is set to auction spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz bands.
The Indian government is looking to fetch a whopping Rs 5.36 lakh crore from the auction, which will be the biggest-ever auction in terms of value and is more than double the gross revenue of telecom services industry.

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March 29, 2016 1:16 am 1:16 AM

It’s a good thing that the government is not giving the spectrum in dirt cheap price as it’s the only resource which is mainly needed in this field plus the telco will be paying in emi not at once and it will be valid for many years so its natural for the pricing to be this high

sachin patil
March 28, 2016 5:25 pm 5:25 PM

any chance to getting idea 4g in mumbai??

March 28, 2016 9:12 pm 9:12 PM

NIL Chance.. At the max, Idea can get 3G spectrum in Mumbai circle in the upcoming auction…

March 29, 2016 7:57 am 7:57 AM

What about Idea’s own 3G in Tamilnadu?.

March 28, 2016 4:46 pm 4:46 PM

All LYF demo phones at Reliance Digital stores have an active Jio sim inside I saw it myself today. Could use data very fast but there was no ‘VoLte’ symbol which proves that it is still time for volte to arrive. Till then Jio launching data only 4g in select areas this week with fall back on rcom and bsnl network for 3g n voice calling.

March 28, 2016 10:51 pm 10:51 PM

Launch kardo bhai jio, bahut hogaya drama

March 28, 2016 11:20 pm 11:20 PM

I visited one more reliance digital store today.. They said u will get sim tomorrow.. Lets see..

March 28, 2016 11:29 pm 11:29 PM

Hopefully !! Jio has made a joke of everything. If they were not ready then y ambani gave date pe date ……