DoT invites bids from agencies to hold spectrum auction
The Department of Telecommunications has invited bids from agencies to conduct e-auction of 8526 megahertz of spectrum worth Rs 4.98 lakh crore.
Next spectrum auction likely in April-June 2020
The sector regulator has suggested a base price for 5G airwaves of Rs 492 per MHz and has proposed a minimum sale of 20 MHz blocks. That would mean a telco having to spend close to Rs 10,000 crore for 20 MHz and Rs 50,000 crore for 100 MHz--rates that the companies have said are exorbitant.
Crisis in the telecom sector casts shadow over 5G spectrum auction
Ernst & Young has estimated that it would cost $100 billion or so to launch 5G in India.
Qualcomm backs combination of 5G bands for maximum impact in India
“We firmly believe India needs a combination of all three spectrum band categories for 5G as it’s important to have a blend of capacity and coverage spectrum to unlock the full potential of this ultra-fast mobile broadband technology,” Durga Malladi, senior vice president & GM (4G & 5G) at the US chip maker’s R&D arm, Qualcomm Technologies, told ET.
NCLT directs DoT not to suspend Aircel’s spectrum license
The battle between Aircel , which keeled under a debt of Rs 26,000 crore, and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) started when the latter demanded dues on airwaves be paid to the government failing which licenses should be suspended .
Government has no plans to reduce price for 5G spectrum
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that the base price for the next round of auction has been recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on August 1, 2018, and the regulator reaffirmed the same price on July 8, 2019 in response to reference sent by the Department of Telecom.
Enough spectrum available to start 5G services: Prasad
The minister said that 275 megahertz of radiowaves frequency between 3,300-3,400 Mhz and 3,425 to 3,600 Mhz band is available for 5G auction. According to ITU, a 5G application in general should be able to transmit data with 10 gigabit per second speed and in some cases 20 Gigabit per second.
Govt has no plans to reduce price for 5G spectrum: Ravi Shankar Prasad
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it has no plans to reduce prices of 5G spectrum for the upcoming auction.Industry bodies and tel...
Deferred spectrum payments won’t solve debt issues of telcos: Analysts
The move, which will give over Rs 42,000 crore of relief to the telcos, may not be enough to address the debt concerns of the troubled telcos and ‘much more was needed’ from the government, primarily on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), which may boost stock prices if interest and penalties were waived, according to analysts.
Deferment of spectrum payment to provide headroom to telecom sector: India Inc
The government doled out a Rs 42,000 crore relief to debt-laden teleos after it agreed not to take any payments for spectrum they use for the next two years. The Union Cabinet headed by PM Modi approved giving Airtel, Voda-Idea and Reliance Jio an option to avail a two-year moratorium on payments they were supposed to make in yearly installments.
COAI welcomes 2-year spectrum moratorium but says financial stress continues
The industry body has been regularly highlighting the perils of the sector under a debt of Rs 7 lakh crore and had asked for relief from the taxes levied upon the operators. The Cabinet's decision will give immediate relief of over Rs42,000 crore to India’s three mobile phone companies.
Part relief for telcos from 2-year spectrum moratorium but more measures needed: Analysts
The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved giving Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Ltd and Reliance Jio an option to avail a two-year moratorium on payments they were supposed to make in yearly installments for the spectrum bought in auctions.
Major relief for AGR hit telcos, Govt defers spectrum payments for FY21, FY22
In a major relief for debt-hit telcos, the Centre deferred spectrum auction payments due from the operators for the years 2020-2021 and 2021...
Relief to telecom sector: Cabinet gives nod to a two-year moratorium on spectrum payments
The deferred amounts to be paid by telcos will be without increase in the time period, the FM said.
Notices to telcos likely this month: AGR dues may rise 10%, delay spectrum sale
DoT updating figures to reflect tweaks to AGR definition after Supreme Court order.
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