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  • Call drop to improve as auction ends spectrum scarcity: Secy Oct 21, 2016 08:10 PM IST

    Call drop to improve as auction ends spectrum scarcity: Secy

    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 pays Rs 2300 cr to DoT for spectrum buys Oct 19, 2016 08:00 PM IST

    Tata Teleservices pays Rs 2300 cr to DoT for spectrum buys

    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.

  • Spectrum pay, network capex to keep telcos' cash flow negative Oct 19, 2016 07:44 AM IST

    Spectrum pay, network capex to keep telcos' cash flow negative

    "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.

  • Spectrum win credit negative for telecom players: Moody's Oct 14, 2016 08:56 PM IST

    Spectrum win credit negative for telecom players: Moody's

    Telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea committed a total Rs 65,789 crore in the sale of airwaves concluded on October 6.

  • Govt issues demand notes to 7 telcos for spectrum purchase Oct 11, 2016 11:00 AM IST

    Govt issues demand notes to 7 telcos for spectrum purchase

    In the five-day spectrum auction that concluded last week, seven telecom companies made commitments of Rs 65,789 crore for buying 964.80 MHz of spectrum in various frequency bands.

  • Quality of service will improve further, says telecom minister Oct 10, 2016 02:17 PM IST

    Quality of service will improve further, says telecom minister

    After the conclusion of the largest ever spectrum auctions, Rs 32,000 crore is what the government is getting as the upfront money.

  • Govt unlikely to auction unsold spectrum soon at reduced price Oct 07, 2016 09:18 PM IST

    Govt unlikely to auction unsold spectrum soon at reduced price

    "If the financial condition (of operators) is not good and they cannot take the spectrum now, what is the guarantee that they will take it, if we conduct auctions immediately. We will take a call at an opportune time," the Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.

  • Tata Tele to shell out Rs 4,619 cr for spectrum Oct 07, 2016 07:36 PM IST

    Tata Tele to shell out Rs 4,619 cr for spectrum

    "Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd (TTML) has succeeded in winning 5MHz spectrum in 1800 MHz band each in Mumbai and Maharashtra service areas with bid values of Rs 2,446 crore and Rs 1,590 crore, respectively," TTML said in a filing to the BSE.

  • Hope to see acceleration of 3G, 4G network rollout: Bharti Infra Oct 07, 2016 07:36 PM IST

    Hope to see acceleration of 3G, 4G network rollout: Bharti Infra

    "We believe that this auction will significantly speed up rollout of mobile broadband in the country, besides adding new technologies to augment capacities to cater to the rapidly rising demand for data services," Bharti Infratel MD and CEO D S Rawat said.

  • Spectrum auction flop not to impact fiscal math: Nomura Oct 07, 2016 07:02 PM IST

    Spectrum auction flop not to impact fiscal math: Nomura

    The lack of interest shown by telcos in the five-day long auction concluded yesterday will result in the government collecting only Rs 67,000 crore, leaving a gap of Rs 32,000 crore which is 0.2 percent of GDP.

  • Quality of services for telecom is a work in progress: JS Deepak Oct 07, 2016 06:49 PM IST

    Quality of services for telecom is a work in progress: JS Deepak

    “Quality of services is still work in progress,” he told CNBC-TV18. The government is also providing new sites for towers to telecom companies to improve quality of calls.

  • Govt must relook at 700Mhz spectrum pricing: Mittal Oct 07, 2016 05:42 PM IST

    Govt must relook at 700Mhz spectrum pricing: Mittal

    "Three or four solid networks around the 700Mhz would have taken care of a lot of rural broadband networks. This is a missed opportunity. I hope the government will look into this and correct that particular part," Sunil Mittal said here at the India Economic Summit organised by the WEF and CII.

  • Airtel acquires 173.8 Mhz spectrum for Rs 14,244 crore Oct 06, 2016 09:38 PM IST

    Airtel acquires 173.8 Mhz spectrum for Rs 14,244 crore

    Airtel said it has secured "spectrum requirements for the next 20 years" and now has 4G and 3G spectrum in all circles.

  • As spectrum auction ends, govt makes Rs 65,789 crore Oct 06, 2016 08:18 PM IST

    As spectrum auction ends, govt makes Rs 65,789 crore

    While this is lower than what the government had garnered last year, this is higher than most analysts‘ expectations of Rs 30,000-40,000 crore.

  • Nifty may scale back to 8800 as IMF ups India's growth forecast Oct 05, 2016 07:59 AM IST

    Nifty may scale back to 8800 as IMF ups India's growth forecast

    The Nifty is likely to scale back to 8800 on positive sentiment as Reserve Bank of India has slashed repo rate by 25 basis points in its monetary policy review. International Monetary Fund has raised India's growth forecast for this financial year to 7.6 percent but retained the global forecast to 3.1 percent, warning of downside risks.

  • 700 MHz spectrum goes a-begging as 3rd day of auction wraps:Srcs Oct 04, 2016 04:44 PM IST

    700 MHz spectrum goes a-begging as 3rd day of auction wraps:Srcs

    The reserve price for the spectrum, suggested by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is Rs 11,485 crore per MHz pan-India. This means that companies will have to shell out about Rs 57,425 crore for 5 MHz, which is exorbitant.

  • SC dismisses DoT plea for stay on TDSAT order on Punjab circle Oct 03, 2016 06:58 PM IST

    SC dismisses DoT plea for stay on TDSAT order on Punjab circle

    The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea of Department of Telecom (DoT) seeking a stay on a TDSAT order and asked it to tell the bidders of GSM spectrum for the Punjab circle that the matter was sub-judice.

  • Spectrum auction: Bidding war could dent telcos' balance sheets Oct 03, 2016 08:41 AM IST

    Spectrum auction: Bidding war could dent telcos' balance sheets

    Most of the participation was in 1800 and 2300 MHz bands, with 57 percent of total bids contributed by these two bands in day 1. All spectrum up for sale in the 2300 MHz band were sold out on day 1, but there were no bids in any circle for 700 and 900 MHz bands.

  • Spectrum auction draws bids worth Rs 53,531 crore on 1st day Oct 02, 2016 12:44 PM IST

    Spectrum auction draws bids worth Rs 53,531 crore on 1st day

    India's largest-ever spectrum auction kicked off today with major telecom operators placing bids worth Rs 53,531 crore across bands, even as the premium 700 Mhz and 900 Mhz frequencies did not find any buyer.

  • Telcos should tank-up spectrum; next sale may take long: DoT Sep 30, 2016 06:54 PM IST

    Telcos should tank-up spectrum; next sale may take long: DoT

    "After this auction we believe, there will no spectrum shortage in India. This problem of spectrum scarcity affecting quality of service will be history," Telecom Secretary JS Deepak told PTI.

  • Telcos may spend Rs 40,000cr at spectrum auction: PhillipCap Sep 30, 2016 01:09 PM IST

    Telcos may spend Rs 40,000cr at spectrum auction: PhillipCap

    Reliance Jio, which is expected to shell out around Rs 9,000 crore at the auction, could have a significant impact on the financial performance of other telcos, Naveen Kulkarni, PhillipCapital says. Third quarter numbers are likely to reflect the amount of impact.

  • Rationalise taxes for debt-laden telecom players: Study Sep 28, 2016 08:32 PM IST

    Rationalise taxes for debt-laden telecom players: Study

    The joint paper by Assocham and KPMG said the operators are grappling with a huge debt burden of Rs 3.80 lakh crore, "reinforcing a case for rationalisation of taxes and other levies along with spectrum charges".

  • Spectrum auction to start Oct 1; govt aiming for Rs 1.5 lakh cr Sep 26, 2016 03:13 PM IST

    Spectrum auction to start Oct 1; govt aiming for Rs 1.5 lakh cr

    The auctions will actually begin on this Saturday, October 1 with seven telecom operators participating.

  • Reducing spectrum base prices not an option: Telecom Secy Sep 07, 2016 11:11 AM IST

    Reducing spectrum base prices not an option: Telecom Secy

    Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak says that telcos will have choices and can pick up whatever spectrum they wish to.

  • RCom announces 300 minutes of app-to-app calling for Re 1 Aug 30, 2016 03:39 PM IST

    RCom announces 300 minutes of app-to-app calling for Re 1

    In an interview to CNBC-TV18's Prerna Baruah, Gurdeep Singh, CEO-Consumer Business, Reliance Communication, said today's consumers are chat-centric and they do a lot of stuff on chat including commerce, talking and video-calling.

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