Investments in key components of 5G network on mid or low-band spectrum with pan-India coverage is estimated to be about Rs 1.3-2.3 lakh crore, according to a report by Motilal Oswal Financial Services.
The total capital expenditure or capex requirement when it comes to 5G rollout for Mumbai alone is seen at Rs 10,000 crore, and Rs 8,700 crore for Delhi, it said.
According to the telecom report from Motilal Oswal Financial Services, for mid band or low band spectrum, overall capex requirement for pan-India coverage would hover at Rs 1.3-2.3 lakh crore.
Based on the TRAI’s latest reserve price, capex requirement for obtaining 100 MHz mid band spectrum in Mumbai would be about Rs 8,400 crore, which could go up further if the bidding price is higher than the base price.
Assuming about 9,000 sites would be required for coverage, the total capex requirement for the sites would be Rs 1,800 crore – taking the total capex to Rs 10,000 crore, it said.
Similarly, capex estimate for 5G rollout in Delhi would be Rs 8,700 crore assuming 100MHz mid band spectrum at base price.
The Indian telecom industry is seeing capex peak out – particularly for Bharti and Reliance Jio – and increased free cash flows (FCF), the report said but added that risks have, however, started emerging due to the increased costs toward 5G upgrade and the upcoming spectrum renewal.
Investments in three key large components for a 5G network spectrum, sites and fiber on mid/low band spectrum with pan-India coverage would stand at Rs 1.3-2.3 lakh crore which should reduce to Rs 78,800 crore and 1.3 lakh crore, for coverage of only metros and category 'A' circles, it said.
Even assuming rollout starting from FY23, a staggered deployment over the next 4-5 years – in line with 4G investment trend – may insulate the impact to a large extent.
The expiry of spectrum for Jio’s 115 MHz quantity in the 800MHz band acquired/shared from RCOM in 19 circles, Bharti’s 57 MHz quantity in the 1,800 MHz band and Vodafone Idea’s 37.8MHz/6.2Mhz quantity in the 1,800MHz/900MHz band are "attractive good quality spectrum” and would be up for renewal over the next 6-12 months, Motilal Oswal report noted.
This would cost Jio/Bharti/Vodafone Idea Rs 28,000 crore/Rs 12,900 crore/Rs 8,300 crore at reserve price, it said.Disclaimer: “Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd.”