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Big Spectrum Auction – Idea Cellular Reaffirms JIT Strategy+ Rational Bidding

Idea Spectrum Auction StrategyFor the forthcoming Biggest Wireless Spectrum Auction, Idea Cellular has re-iterated its strategy of “Just in Time” [JIT] procurement which it has mastered and executed well over the past few years. To prove this point, in Q2-2016, Idea has exited 3G Roaming Arrangements in six of the seven circles as it rolled out its own network. [Recall, the first 3G Spectrum Auction was conducted in 2010 after the Spectrum Scam and Idea Cellular then decided to skip bidding in non-strategic circles and bought the same in 2014 & 2015 auction]

The spectrum bids will be rational and Idea will adopt a circle-wise approach based on requirements. The focus will Continue reading Big Spectrum Auction – Idea Cellular Reaffirms JIT Strategy+ Rational Bidding

Will Lower Spectrum Charges Make Biggest Spectrum Auction Attractive ?

Spectrum Charges Biggest Auction India 2016The Government has announced that Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) will be a weighted average rate of individual rates for different bands, including 3% for spectrum won in the 2016 auction. The change is positive for Bharti, since telcos having 2300MHz that carries just 1% rate will benefit from its inclusion in the weighted average. Reliance Jio will have the lowest SUC, having the highest Continue reading Will Lower Spectrum Charges Make Biggest Spectrum Auction Attractive ?

Indian Telecom Network Capacity Doubles in 2 Years

Wireless Network Capacity IndiaThe Indian Telecom network capacity is a function of multiple parameters like spectrum allocation, number of sites (base stations), number of components on each site (no. of antennae, their frequency range, TRxs, etc). Theoretical calculations also require assumptions on busy hour usage – which may differ for regions and services. Increasingly, the choice of technology (2G/3G/4G, etc.) also plays a role in determining the Continue reading Indian Telecom Network Capacity Doubles in 2 Years

Largest Telecom Spectrum Auction – Operators to Bid Rationally

Biggest Telecom Spectrum Auction IndiaThe Government is likely to announce the Largest Telecom Spectrum Auction in the History of India in the next couple of months. Notice Inviting Applications is not out yet and sources in DoT indicate a delay of Month.

Of all the spectrums auctioned – 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz, we see more demand for 1800 Mhz (4G) and 2100 Mhz (3G) bands mainly by the top telcos to bridge their 3G/4G gaps. We do not see much demand for 700 Mhz and 2500 Mhz bands given higher pricing / weaker eco-system. Continue reading Largest Telecom Spectrum Auction – Operators to Bid Rationally

4G-LTE New Entrants & Free Intranet Content Offering

Net Neutrality - Intranet Loophole4G new entrants like Reliance Jio may look at leveraging intranet based data offerings in an attempt to take market share. At present telcos monetize data connectivity and charge for data usage. 4G entrants may disrupt the traditional data business model, leveraging intranet-based data offerings.

Despite Expert Recommendations to Plug the Net Neutrality Loophole, it appears TRAI has specifically left the Gap with power on deciding in its own Continue reading 4G-LTE New Entrants & Free Intranet Content Offering

Will Telcos BUY 700Mhz Spectrum at TRAI’s Recommended Auction Price ?

700MHz Spectrum AuctionTRAI has recommended auctioning 700 MHz spectrum (7 blocks of 5 MHz each) along with spectrum in other bands (800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300, and 2500). TRAI has recommended auctioning all spectrum available with the DOT and some more. Recommended reserve price for 700 MHz spectrum is US$8.5 bn for a 5 MHz block across all 22 circles. Most Telecom Operators including Reliance Jio and Airtel have responded to defer the auction until ecosystem is developed for the same. TRAI has proposed a 4X 1800 reserve price for spectrum in the 700 MHz band. It has also Continue reading Will Telcos BUY 700Mhz Spectrum at TRAI’s Recommended Auction Price ?