March 2nd, 2021 3:06 PM 52 COMMENTS

Airtel Spent Rs 18,699 Crores in Spectrum Auction, Acquired 355.45 MHz Spectrum

Bharti Airtel spent a total of Rs 18,699 crores in the recently concluded 4G spectrum auctions. The auctions were conducted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), under which the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz spectrum bands were up for bidding. Airtel acquired 355.45 MHz of spectrum across Sub GHz, mid, and the 2300 MHz bands against the total spending of... Read More

February 19th, 2021 9:16 AM 16 COMMENTS

DoT Reveals List of Pre-Qualified Bidders Along With EMD for Upcoming Spectrum Auction

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released a press note revealing the pre-qualified bidders and their earnest money deposit (EMD) for the upcoming spectrum auction. India is having a spectrum auction after more than three years, but sadly, this auction will not have 5G airwaves. In the spectrum auction 2021, the DoT is auctioning 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHZ & 2500 MHz bands.... Read More

February 10th, 2021 11:59 AM 4 COMMENTS

Jio, Vi and Airtel Submit Applications for Upcoming Spectrum Auction

Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and Bharti Airtel have submitted applications for the upcoming spectrum auctions. The spectrum auction will start from March 1, 2021, but will only be for airwaves primarily used for providing 4G services. Telcos will get to purchase from a total of 2,251.25 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz bands. The base... Read More

February 1st, 2021 1:10 PM 19 COMMENTS

Airtel and Jio Might Spend 20% More in Upcoming Spectrum Auctions

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are now expected to flush in more money at the upcoming spectrum auctions. The sudden change in the estimated expense for the telcos comes because of the government's latest decision. The government has now reduced the time for the telcos to give notices for using the spectrum won at the auction to roll out any new technology. For the unaware, the time has been reduced... Read More

January 29th, 2021 12:55 PM 2 COMMENTS

Airtel 5G Will Be ‘Made in India’, DoT Reduces Notice Period to 6 Months

Bharti Airtel announced yesterday that it has commercially tested 5G in Hyderabad and got great results. As per an ET Telecom report, Airtel has further said that ‘Make in India’ is a very crucial part of its 5G rollout in India. The telco is looking to source 5G network equipment from local manufacturers in the country. Nokia and Ericsson are two of the biggest radio equipment suppliers of the telco.... Read More

January 22nd, 2021 12:57 PM 1 COMMENTS

Spectrum Idle with Government Should be Put to Better Use

4G spectrum auctions will take place from March 1, 2021, in India. Telcos have had to wait 5 years for the auction. The last spectrum auction took place in October 2016. This is why the government is now looking for a better way to allocate spectrum to operators other than just relying on auctions. Auctions rarely see a huge percentage of the spectrum being sold. This results in a lot... Read More

January 9th, 2021 2:34 PM 56 COMMENTS

Upcoming Spectrum Auction to See High Demand for 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz Bands

The next round of 4G spectrum auction in India is slated to take place on March 1, 2021. Many believe that the upcoming auction will primarily be focused on operators renewing their expiring spectrums in CY21. But according to a report from ICICI Securities, instead of focusing on the renewal of spectrum, the operators will use this auction to add more spectrum to their portfolio for an easier and faster... Read More

January 6th, 2021 7:55 PM 26 COMMENTS

Spectrum Auction Bidding to Start from March 1, COAI Welcomes the Move

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) today issued a notice for next spectrum auction bidding date. The bidding for the next spectrum auction will start from March 1. This is the sixth round of spectrum auction for radiowaves worth Rs 3.92 crore. Last month, the Union Cabinet approved the DoT's proposal to hold next spectrum auction by March 2021. In this spectrum auction, a total of 2,251.25 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum will... Read More

January 5th, 2021 11:28 AM 39 COMMENTS

4G Spectrum Auction Process Started Formally by DoT, Jio to Be the Main Buyer

The 4G spectrum auction will take place in March 2021 in India. It has been delayed a long time, but the formal process for the auction has been kicked off by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). DoT has started issuing notice inviting applications (NIA) to the operators. The NIA comprises of all the license conditions and rules regarding the auction. In the upcoming 4G spectrum sale, Jio will largely look... Read More

October 5th, 2020 4:17 PM 13 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio New Postpaid Tariff “Unlikely” to Hurt Airtel Growth

  ICICI Securities on Monday said in a research note that the new postpaid plans launched by Reliance Jio “may not significantly” hit the postpaid base of Bharti Airtel. The firm said that the retail users account for only 30% of postpaid connections and that these users are “least price-sensitive.” Reliance Jio, the largest telecom operator in India in September unveiled its JioPostpaid Plus plans with the base plan priced... Read More

December 4th, 2019 1:57 PM 14 COMMENTS

4G and 5G Spectrum Auction Might Happen in First Quarter of 2020, Telcos Still Reluctant

The next big thing in the telecom industry when it comes to the growth aspects happens to be the 4G and 5G spectrum auction in the country. There have been a lot of clouds surrounding the matter of spectrum auctions in the country because of the costs involved in the sale of this spectrum. Most telecom operators have said that the spectrum costs remain unbearable and unsustainable. However, there is... Read More

September 10th, 2019 6:45 PM 11 COMMENTS

DoT Adamant on Conducting 4G and 5G Spectrum Auction by Year End

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has a huge responsibility on its shoulders of conducting the upcoming auctions for the 4G and 5G airwaves. As per an official of the DoT, the department is trying to arrange the sale of the spectrum in the current calendar year even though the timeline of the auction seems pretty packed. As per an ET Telecom report, the Digital Communications Committee (DCC) will meet next... Read More

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