Bharti Airtel in an investor call said the sector is "heavily taxed" and that the levies like licence fee, spectrum usage charges and service taxes add up to a "very substantial number".
"The timing of the auction should be later part of 2018 or early 2019," COAI director general Rajan Mathews told PTI.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has sought Trai's views on spectrum price for various frequencies, including premium airwaves in the 700 MHz band which remained unsold in the last auctions in October 2016.
Over the last two years, the industry’s debt has nearly doubled to Rs 4.4 lakh crore, thanks to two big spectrum auctions.
Idea Cellular on Monday announced its much anticipated merger with Vodafone India and Vodafone Mobile Services Limited, its wholly-owned subsidiary.
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular today announced their long-anticipated merger, nearly a month after acknowledging that talks were on to join hands.
Regulator TRAI today said it will be "happy" to give its recommendations to the government on spectrum auctions, including timing and pricing aspects, as and when the matter is referred to it.
After killing domestic roaming, Airtel's Sunil Mittal has radical plans to shake up global telecom industry. Mittal suggests that mobile operators should increase sharing of resources such as spectrum to ease the burden on telecom companies.
Bhattacharya also said though many telcos have their own payment banks it is not known how much importance they give to financial transactions.
According to a report in PTI, the companies are likely to announce a signing agreement by February 24-25. Telecom major has brought its ex-India unit chief Marten Pieters to work on the merger.
Overburdened with debt, the telecom companies are going through tough times and the only silver lining for them is if the government provides them with fiscal relief measures to increase cash flows.
If a merger goes through, the Vodafone India-Idea merged entity might be pushed into disposing off Rs 18,000-crore worth of excess spectrum to meet regulatory norms.
A recent CLSA report says that Idea Cellular is the best fit for Vodafone India and it may topple Airtel from its top position.
The Supreme Court today restrained transfer of 2G licences from Malaysia's Maxis, which was originally allotted to Aircel, to any other telecom company.
In a first, the Department of Telecom will finalise this year a comprehensive policy on backhaul spectrum or airwave that connects mobile towers with each other.
For recharge of Rs 23, customers will get unlimited local and STD calling across any networks with a validity of one day, Aircel said in a statement.
Gross revenue of telecom service providers rose by 12.79 per cent to Rs 73,344 crore in April-June 2016 period compared to a year ago period.
To ensure customers do not face trouble when a telecom operator shuts down services, TRAI has sought public view on issues such as mechanism and timeframe for informing subscribers, and changes in mobile number portability norms for smooth bulk transitioning of users.
Vodafone said its loss after tax soared to 5.1 billion euros (USD 5.5 billion) in the six months to September 30, compared with a net loss of 2.5 billion euros one year earlier.
The telecom PSU has suggested that a 5 MHz block in the 700 Mhz band be assigned to it by the government through the equity route.
Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said the Department of Telecom is working on ending some of the permits like wireless operating licence and bringing in reforms in backhaul spectrum so that operators are able to conveniently transmit their services.
Mobile users will get a lot of relief from call drop problem as the recently-concluded airwaves auction is expected to resolve the spectrum shortage issue, Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said on Friday.
Tata Teleservices -- which was engaged in a fierce battle to protect its spectrum holding in three circles, including the highly-lucrative Mumbai market -- today made a payment of about Rs 2,300 crore to Department of Telecom for airwaves it bought in the just-concluded auction.
"Ind-Ra expects debt burden to rise for the top telcos, with the increase in spectrum and non-spectrum debt capex. In addition to the upfront spectrum payouts in financial year 2017, network capex needs to be ramped up, which will keep free cash flow (FCF) negative," India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said in a report.
Telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea committed a total Rs 65,789 crore in the sale of airwaves concluded on October 6.