TRAI has released recommendations/ suggestions for next round of spectrum auctions expected to be conducted in Q1CY15. Key highlight of the recommendation paper is that the authority expects government to make available additional 900MHz and 3G spectrum from government agencies, and have a roadmap for spectrum supply in 700 / 800/ 900 / 1800 / 2100MHz frequency bands, before conducting next round of auctions.
Guidelines for Auction of 1800/900MHz Spectrum
In the Open House Discussion for the forthcoming 900MHz and 1800MHz bands auction to be held on 23rd January 2014, India’s largest Wireless Operator Airtel and Second Largest Operator Vodafone strongly objected to the current auction rules where DoT will treat Airtel and Vodafone as new operators in the renewal circles and the upcoming auction rules do not allow retention of the exact quantum of existing spectrum held as new operators can only bid in blocks of 5MHz. Continue reading Spectrum Auction 2014 – Airtel & Vodafone Resist Treating as New Operator – Flawed Rules
Our Associate in New Delhi attended the Department of Telecom (DoT) pre‐bid conference on the 20th December 2013. It was an eye opener as we get a sense that serious long‐term players will bid for contiguous 5MHz spectrum to complete or improve their data foot‐print while fringe players will wait for more clarity on M&A guidelines. Continue reading Spectrum Auction 2014 – Pre-Bid Conference, Battle for Contiguous Blocks – Idea Cellular to Bid – Part -1