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Mergers & Acquisition in Indian Telecom – Spectrum Pricier – Case study Aircel Exit

Mergers Acquistions in Indian TelecomThe Indian Telecom Minister along with Cabinet Colleagues have almost finalized on the Mergers & Acquisitions [M&A] Norms for the Telecom Service Providers. The following are the broad guidelines,

Is Government under Kapil Sibal Dodging Supreme Court Order on Spectrum Auction ?

TRAIThe Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) comprising Mr. Kapil Sibal has reverted to TRAI for fresh recommendations on the spectrum reserve price for the third round of auctions. The Honorable Supreme Court of India had ordered the Auction of all 1800MHz Spectrum cancelled in the 2G Spectrum Scam, but Sibal’s Ministry did that selectively and it failed in some circles too.

TRAI is expected to do so within 60 days. We believe, like last time, TRAI would ask for recommendations from all stakeholders for the reserve price and the modalities of the auction. Also, the reserve price for the Continue reading Is Government under Kapil Sibal Dodging Supreme Court Order on Spectrum Auction ?

A-Vo-Id Cartel Onslaught on Tata DoCoMo GSM Spectrum Cancellation – Just to Create Panic ?

A-Vo-ID-Telecom Cartel-IndiaThe A-Vo-Id Cartel comprising of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular intensified its war on cancellation of GSM Spectrum awarded to Tata DoCoMo / Tele Services during the 2G Spectrum Scam under then Telecommunications Minister A. Raja and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The fresh onslaught begins today as the A-Vo-Id cartel is Armed with legal ammunition from Sr. Advocate F.S Nariman who has given his opinion as under,

It is clear that the spectrum allocated to Tata Teleservices was quashed by the Supreme Court. In the view thereof, it is permissible for the querist (COAI) to take all steps that are consequential to cancellation of spectrum.

The A-Vo-Id Cartel is writing to DoT to cancel the GSM Specturm awarded to Tata DoCoMo during the Spectrum Scam. If the corrupt DoT restores to more corruption and doesn’t cancel the spectrum, A-Vo-Id operators have decided to block all calls to Tata DoCoMo GSM network.

Idea Cellular had earlier approached the Supreme Court for a directive to DoT to include the GSM Spectrum of Tata DoCoMo in the forthcoming Spectrum Auction. However, the Supreme Court had dismissed the petition on Feb-15-2013 stating

No further order is required to be passed in this petition and the same is disposed of as such

A-Vo-Id Cartel is backing its claim on one of the Press Releases issued by the DoT on Jan-10-2008 for which their legal expert has stated as under,

The Supreme Court has cancelled all spectrum allocations pursuant to the two press releases dated January 10, 2008, and no exception has been made with respect to Tata Teleservices

In my opinion, the Honorable Supreme Court should have then specifically added the list of all operators whose spectrum allotment should be cancelled to its judegement. With Nira Radia tapes in the Public Domain it is beyond doubt that Tata DoCoMo engaged in corruption & lobbying with A. Raja for obtaining telecom spectrum.

Even if the A-Vo-Id Cartel loses the case, it is likely to create panic amongst Tata DoCoMo subscribers. Will Cyrus Mistry the new Tata Group Chairman sail through this high tide as the Tata family’s trusted Sr. Advocate’s opinion is against the Tata Group.

MTS Sistema Wins 800MHz Spectrum in 8 Circles – Sets Base Price

Telecom Spectrum Auction - Foreign Entities AllowedMTS India’s go forward plan involves sharpening the Company’s focus on its data centric-voice enabled strategy and to build a stronger MTS brand in the country. Company’s bidding strategy in the auctions considered a range of variables including spectrum pricing, number of carrier slots available, levels of competition, future data potential in the circles etc.

MTS Winning Circles – The Circles won by MTS India include Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (West) & West Bengal.

The Company decided not to bid for Mumbai, Maharashtra Continue reading MTS Sistema Wins 800MHz Spectrum in 8 Circles – Sets Base Price

Indian 900MHz Spectrum Refarming Not as Easy as Government Thinks, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea may seek Legal Remedy

900Mhz Refarming and Auction - Airtel, Vodafone may go for Legal BattleThe Indian Government [Read Politicians and Bureaucrats] despite being recommended several times to come up with a Blueprint / Roadmap for the Indian Telecommunications sector lack the will to do it, and the reasons are obvious, to please some businessmen within the Oligarchic setup and of course get their cut for the bad deed.

From news reports, Govt is certain that 900MHz spectrum refarming is legally tenable and once the existing licences come up for renewal in November 2014, it will be able to take back 900 MHz spectrum from them and give them 1800 MHz spectrum in return. In November 2014, 16 MHz (paired) of 900 MHz spectrum will come up for renewal in Delhi and Mumbai each and 14 MHz (paired) in Kolkata. This 900 MHz spectrum, which it hopes to receive in November 2014, the GoI is planning to auction in March 2013 to Plug the Fiscal Deficit of the country as Continue reading Indian 900MHz Spectrum Refarming Not as Easy as Government Thinks, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea may seek Legal Remedy

1800Mhz Spectrum Auction Results as Expected; Vodafone Surprise Buyer rather than Idea Cellular


The Results of 1800MHz Spectrum Auction 2012 are as I had expected – Failure in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka etc. Other important highlights of the Auction are as follows,

  • Of the 18 circles that saw bids, the winning price did not exceed the reserve price for 17 circles, means Demand was Less Than or Equal to Supply.
  • Only Bihar saw excess demand and thus the price discovered was 9.2% higher than reserve price
  • Telenor [erstwhile Uninor] secured 5 MHz of spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, UP(East), UP(West), Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra by paying Rs 40.2 bn. The company will cease operations in circles Mumbai, Kolkata and West Bengal, where it was not awarded licenses. Telenor has evinced interest to operate in the lucrative Mumbai circle and will probably bid again once the reserve prices are lowered.
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