The government will get Rs 43,011 crore if all the spectrum is sold at at the base price in the auction, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said today.
GSM industry body COAI today sought 50 per cent reduction in the reserve price of 1800 MHz spectrum band in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Karnataka circles for the upcoming auction.
Government today issued guidelines for the second round of spectrum auction which is expected to fetch around Rs 45,000 crore to exchequer from airwaves sale.
Indian GSM telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, lost more than 6 million subscribers in December last year, bringing down the user base to 657.16 million, industry body COAI said. Total subscriber base at the end of November 2011 stood at 663.78 million users.
Terming the recently released BioInitiative Report 2012 as based on flawed procedure, GSM industry body COAI said the report is an informal interpretation on selection of limited information on electromagnetic fields.
An Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom today deliberated upon several issues regarding spectrum auction due this fiscal, but did not reach a final decision and would meet again on January 7.
The Empowered Group of Ministers on spectrum, headed by Finance P Chidambaram, is scheduled to meet on January 3 to discuss details of the spectrum auction due this fiscal.
The government is learnt to be preparing fresh plans to auction telecom spectrum that can fetch around Rs 39,895 crore.
Government will auction the spectrum being held by incumbent GSM operators in 900 MHz band whose licence are coming up for renewal in November 2014, Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said today.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Ashok Sud, secretary general, Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) says the reason CDMA as a technology hasn‘t doen well is due to the lack of large enough ecosystem available worldwide.
SC Khanna, former secy general, AUSPI, says that the EGoM has taken a best decision to not mix CDMA 800 MHz spectrum with GSM, because CDMA technology spectrum is a separate spectrum and that was instrumental in bringing the rates down.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom, will hold discussions tomorrow on working out a roadmap for spectrum that was unsold in the recent auction.
Government today said spectrum in the 2G band was put to auction in all the telecom service areas as per the direction of Supreme Court.
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have demanded allocation of a part of CDMA spectrum in 800 Mhz band for GSM services.
Arresting the two-month fall, total subscriber base of GSM operators rose by about 240,000 to 671.91 million users in October, telecom industry body COAI said today.
The keenly watched auction of telecom spectrum today got a lukewarm response with no company bidding for pan-India radiowaves as demand concentration was on select areas such as Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (East).
Reliance Communications expects the full revenue impact of its recent tariff hike to reflect by the next financial year.
After the collapse of the CDMA auction, government hopes to make up for the loss by levying a one time charge on incumbent GSM operator‘s spectrum beyond 4.4 MHz.
CNBC-TV18's Malvika Jain, quoting sources, reports that the Cabinet nod on spectrum fee to hit the telecom industry by Rs 27,000 crore.
The Cabinet is likely to consider on November 8 levying one-time fee of around Rs 31,000 crore for the spectrum that incumbent telecom companies hold.
Ashok Sud, secretary general, Auspi, says that CDMA reserve price should be lower than GSM reserve price and if it true that the Tata‘s has opted out of the auction then there will be no auction this time.
GSM operators' body COAI today said the regulator TRAI conducted no proper consultation with all stakeholders regarding spectrum refarming, under which existing players would have to give up airwaves in 900 MHz band when their permits come up for renewal in 2014.
Staying with the 2G auctions, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has confirmed that five companies including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Telenor and Videcon have expressed interest in bidding for GSM spectrum and two companies including Tata Tele and Videocon have expressed interest in bidding for CDMA spectrum.
In a move that is being widely opposed by the GSM players, Telecom Commission, the highest decision making body of Department of Telecom (DoT), today recommended existing operators surrendering the entire spectrum in 900 MHz band at the time of their licence renewal in 2014.
GSM operators including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea continued to lose subscribers with 1.9 million users opting out in September, bringing down the user base to 671.67 million, COAI) said today.