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  • Airtel, Jio conclude spectrum trading agreement Aug 13, 2021 01:58 PM IST

    Airtel, Jio conclude spectrum trading agreement

    With this trading, Jio will have 2X15MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz band in the Mumbai circle and 2X10MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz band in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, thereby further consolidating its spectrum footprint in these circles.

  • NCLAT ruling on spectrum could make resolution tough if Vodafone Idea files for bankruptcy Aug 10, 2021 04:54 PM IST

    NCLAT ruling on spectrum could make resolution tough if Vodafone Idea files for bankruptcy

    NCLAT is of the view that any transfer of the licence that may happen if the corporate debtor is acquired by a third party as part of an insolvency proceeding will only be permitted if the dues for such licence are cleared. Vodafone Idea owes the government Rs 96,270 crore in spectrum payment dues 

  • Telecom department can't allow extension of moratorium on spectrum dues: Report Aug 09, 2021 02:02 PM IST

    Telecom department can't allow extension of moratorium on spectrum dues: Report

    Nearly Rs 15,900cr of non-adjusted gross revenue (AGR) spectrum dues become payable from April 2022.

  • Explained: How 4G spectrum will help Indian Railways and millions of passengers Jun 10, 2021 01:57 PM IST

    Explained: How 4G spectrum will help Indian Railways and millions of passengers

    It will help the railways to shift towards the Automatic Train Protection system. This system, among many other things, can monitor the speed of trains and activate emergency brakes. The new spectrum will also help the railways to increase the line capacity to accommodate more trains using the existing infrastructure.

  • Govt approves allotment of 5 MHz spectrum in 700 MHz band to Indian Railways Jun 09, 2021 06:18 PM IST

    Govt approves allotment of 5 MHz spectrum in 700 MHz band to Indian Railways

    4G spectrum will help improve passenger safety, increase train speeds and streamline operations

  • India’s 5G auctions may be pushed to next year: Report May 06, 2021 12:57 PM IST

    India’s 5G auctions may be pushed to next year: Report

    “It is unlikely that auctions will happen this year and will get postponed. The focus currently is on keeping networks stable,” a senior government official said.

  • Spectrum sold in the recent auction can be used for 5G: MoS telecom Mar 25, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    Spectrum sold in the recent auction can be used for 5G: MoS telecom

    Bidders acquired spectrum bands of 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz.

  • Spectrum acquired as needed, on 'strong footing' to be competitive in market: Vodafone Idea Mar 11, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    Spectrum acquired as needed, on 'strong footing' to be competitive in market: Vodafone Idea

    Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL)'s spectrum holding post-auction stands at 1,768.60 MHz.

  • Here’s how the telecom spectrum auction fared in 2021 versus 2016 Mar 03, 2021 03:03 PM IST

    Here’s how the telecom spectrum auction fared in 2021 versus 2016

    The spectrum additions, which bring the government more revenue from fewer bidders than the 2016 auction, will help improve networks and protect the market position of existing entities, experts say.

  • Telcos still hopeful of reduction in spectrum price, doing regular follow-up on NDCP: COAI Oct 12, 2020 11:44 AM IST

    Telcos still hopeful of reduction in spectrum price, doing regular follow-up on NDCP: COAI

    The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) -- whose members include Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, etc -- is doing regular follow-up on promises made by the government in National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP), 2018, COAI Director General S P Kochhar told PTI.

  • Lockdown: DoT asks telcos to approach wireless wing for additional spectrum to meet data demand Mar 27, 2020 01:20 PM IST

    Lockdown: DoT asks telcos to approach wireless wing for additional spectrum to meet data demand

    Telecom operators have requested the Department of Telecom(DoT) for additional spectrum allocation to meet the rising load on networks due to the ongoing lockdown mandating people to stay at home.

  • DCC approves Rs 4.9 lakh crore spectrum auction plan Dec 20, 2019 02:32 PM IST

    DCC approves Rs 4.9 lakh crore spectrum auction plan

    The spectrum auction is expected to be held in May-June next year and the DCC has not recommended any reduction in price of radiowaves, sources said.

  • Telecom Policy | There is no case for government to step into AGR issue after water-tight SC judgement Nov 04, 2019 10:59 AM IST

    Telecom Policy | There is no case for government to step into AGR issue after water-tight SC judgement

    To assume that incumbent TSPs are incapable of paying dues is naive at best and preposterous at worst. The government must avoid encouraging wilful and unethical defaulters by giving them relief to the detriment of those TSPs who have paid their dues lawfully for years

  • SC telecom verdict sends signal to companies that they cannot avoid paying government dues Nov 01, 2019 07:21 PM IST

    SC telecom verdict sends signal to companies that they cannot avoid paying government dues

    The Committee of Secretaries set up to investigate the reported stress in the telecom sector should first look into why these companies have high debt

  • Bharti, Vodafone should be hauled up for wilful legal disobedience, dues collected Nov 01, 2019 06:40 PM IST

    Bharti, Vodafone should be hauled up for wilful legal disobedience, dues collected

    Not only did the incumbents use dues owed to the government in funding this expansion, they also risked the financial health of PSU banks and their investors by not providing for liabilities on their balance sheets

  • Do Bharti and Vodafone Idea think they are too big to fail? Oct 31, 2019 05:48 PM IST

    Do Bharti and Vodafone Idea think they are too big to fail?

    The very talk of failure seems to be some kind of negotiating tactic. After all, incumbents can raise tariffs to improve their profitability. There are also the possibilities of equity infusions and asset monetisation to raise the necessary money for the government’s dues.

  • Telecom Policy | The moral hazard in waiving dues for incumbents Oct 31, 2019 12:30 PM IST

    Telecom Policy | The moral hazard in waiving dues for incumbents

    Relief to Bharti and Vodafone will also open up the government to charges of favouritism. In the Darwinian world of telecom services in India, many companies have fallen by the wayside, including biggies such as Telenor and Etisalat. They faced the same problems and failed, but the government didn’t step up to bail them out at that time

  • Telecom Policy | Government should protect taxpayers by not waiving any dues from telecom companies after SC order Oct 30, 2019 05:22 PM IST

    Telecom Policy | Government should protect taxpayers by not waiving any dues from telecom companies after SC order

  • SC's Rs 1.20 lakh-crore blow | Responsibility squarely lies with telcos’ non-paying behaviour Oct 29, 2019 03:00 PM IST

    SC's Rs 1.20 lakh-crore blow | Responsibility squarely lies with telcos’ non-paying behaviour

    With two concurring judgments (2011 & 2019) from the Supreme Court, the government should not fall into trap of the two telcos and enforce the implementation of orders

  • Telecom stress: Kumar Mangalam Birla flags concerns on liquidity, high spectrum payment to govt Nov 21, 2018 03:26 PM IST

    Telecom stress: Kumar Mangalam Birla flags concerns on liquidity, high spectrum payment to govt

    Telecom sector has been battered by falling tariffs, eroding profitability, and mounting debt, in the face of stiff competition triggered by disruptive offerings of Reliance Jio, owned by richest Indian Mukesh Ambani.

  • DoT likely to raise only Rs 40,000 crore in spectrum auction: Report Nov 01, 2018 12:13 PM IST

    DoT likely to raise only Rs 40,000 crore in spectrum auction: Report

    Banks, especially government-backed ones, are reluctant to lend further to telecom companies since they are already under a lot of debt

  • Govt plans largest ever spectrum auction of 3,000 Mhz Feb 07, 2018 04:04 PM IST

    Govt plans largest ever spectrum auction of 3,000 Mhz

    "Spectrum above 3000 MHz will be put up for auction for the first time in the forthcoming auction," telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

  • Trai holds industry-wide consultation on spectrum auction Jan 18, 2018 04:05 PM IST

    Trai holds industry-wide consultation on spectrum auction

    On the industry opinion that timing is not conducive now for holding spectrum auction given the financial stress, Sharma said decision on all those aspects will be taken after a considered view.

  • New RCom would be a B2B company with half its revenues coming from overseas: Anil Ambani Dec 26, 2017 09:59 PM IST

    New RCom would be a B2B company with half its revenues coming from overseas: Anil Ambani

    Ambani said the company had also run a process, run by real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle, to select a contractor to develop and monetize 20 million square feet at the knowledge city

  • RCom announces new resolution plan — to cut debt by Rs 39,000 cr with zero write-off for lenders Dec 26, 2017 04:19 PM IST

    RCom announces new resolution plan — to cut debt by Rs 39,000 cr with zero write-off for lenders

    The plan involves exiting strategic debt restructuring (SDR) and monetising some of the company's assets, including transfer of spectrum liabilities by March 2018.

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