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Last Updated : Aug 06, 2015 11:00 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

MTNL up 6%; to get Rs 458 cr as compensation for spectrum

The Cabinet also approved an extension of financial support Rs 458.04 crore to MTNL on surrender of 800 MHz CDMA carriers in few of their circles. MTNL had surrendered spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai (two carriers of 1.25 MHz each).

 
 
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Shares of MTNL jumped 6 percent intraday Thursday as government is firming up plans for its survival. The Cabinet also approved an extension of financial support Rs 458.04 crore to MTNL on surrender of 800 MHz CDMA carriers in few of their circles.  MTNL had surrendered spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai (two carriers of 1.25 MHz each).

In a bid to revive the flagging fortunes of BSNL, the government today approved hiving off the state-owned firm's tower business into a new company.


The Union Cabinet has given an 'in principle' approval for hiving off mobile tower assets of BSNL into a separate company, which will help the state-run firm to improve its financial position by unlocking the value of its mobile towers.


Consequent to the approval, the Department of Telecom can constitute an inter-ministerial group for working out the capital and organisational structure of the new company after market valuation of its tower assets, which will be considered by the Union Cabinet.


BSNL mobile tower assets consist of about 64,500 towers and more than 50,000 tower sites have optical fibre cable connectivity. The company expects valuation of its mobile tower company to be to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore.

At 09:28 hrs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam was quoting at Rs 21.80, up Rs 0.80, or 3.81 percent on the BSE.

(With inputs from PTI)



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First Published on Aug 6, 2015 10:38 am
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