SSTL Likes 50% Cut in CDMA Spectrum Pricing by EGoM

SSTLSistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which operates under MTS India brand name and offers CDMA based mobile and data services today released a statement which reflects company’s satisfaction with recent price cut on CDMA spectrum.

SSTL earlier in November, 2012 did not participate in CDMA spectrum auction citing the price is too high. Ultimately Tata Tele and Videocon withdrew from the auction with no taker of 800MHz spectrum.

Now as cabinet approves 50% price cut in reserve price of CDMA 800MHz spectrum, SSTL seems to be happy, as official statement from the company reads, “The decision by the Cabinet to reduce the CDMA reserve price by 50% clearly reflects the growing realization that demand for 800Mhz is very limited. The decision taken is a step in the right direction. However, as per ground realities one would have expected much greater reduction.”

So it seems MTS India is going to secure 800MHz spectrum in India (may be in selected circles or pan-India basis) to continue voice and data services in March 2013 auction.

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Anirban Das
January 19, 2013 11:57 am 11:57 AM

It’s 19th Jan, thank GOD , my MTS mobile is running normally, also want to use it for years in the same way.

January 19, 2013 9:32 am 9:32 AM
It’s Jan 19th, 2013 and yet Uninor network signal IND 813 is live in my town in Haryana. I just can’t understand why? Will they switch it off after Feb 6 or Spectrum auction? Uninor never launched their operations commercially in Haryana yet their signals are live from more than 2 years now at many places including mine. Atleast they would’ve provided SIM cards to local users. Would’ve made some bucks for them. SIM cards do arrived in October, 2011 but wasn’t activated properly and I had to return the same. When they’ve to bid only for Mumbai circle again,… Read more »
January 18, 2013 5:05 pm 5:05 PM
@esmail, first of all its SSTL and not STEL,secondly, it has all the rights to demand a price cut as it was wrongly included in the case as it was also one of those who were granted the licences back in 2010. No wrong doing, I repeat, no wrong doing or any criminal conspiracy was found by the company by any of the investigating agencies and the company came out clean as it did nothing wrong. Please get your facts right, it was invited by the Govt of India to invest here in India as it required investments to expand… Read more »
January 19, 2013 9:19 am 9:19 AM

+1. I’ve been always of the view that MTS was wrongly penalised in the case. Spectrum for any technology should be priced according to its popularity in a country and we very well know that its GSM that rules in India. MTNL is trying hard to give back CDMA spectrum. BSNL, Reliance, Tata also not willing. Look Tata didn’t bid for their lost 3 circles. The base price should have been 2 or maximum 3 times of what it was in 2008 i.e either Rs.3302 or Rs.4953 crores. Over 9000 crores is too high.