With impending threat from the launch of Reliance Jio Infocomm, industry leader and India’s only integrated Telecommunications Service Provider made aggressive moves to acquire spectrum from Videocon and later from Aircel to rollout and stabilize 4G LTE Networks in coherence with existing 2G Voice and 3G Mobile Data Network. These deals and Jio RCOM spectrum trading / sharing deals have resulted in spectrum Continue reading Tata’s 800Mhz Spectrum Band on Telcos Radar
India’s largest integrated Telecommunications service provider Airtel has bid for Videocon’s spectrum in six circles in the 1800MHz band, thereby significantly strengthening its 4G footprint to 19 circles from 15 earlier. It has bid at a price of Rs 44bn, which seems higher than the March 2015 auction price of Rs 30bn.
Videocon has contiguous spectrum in six circles (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, UP(E and W) , and Bihar). In MP and Haryana, Bharti already has spectrum Continue reading Airtel Strengthens 4G LTE Footprint ahead of Reliance Jio Launch
The Competition Commission of India – CCI has cleared the merger of MTS Sistema with Reliance Communications Ltd. This merger will future-proof RCOM’s 4G LTE play in the most efficient 800/850 MHz spectrum band, acknowledged as the best-in-class standard for data services. With MTS’ merger into RCOM, RCOM will have the largest holdings of 850 MHz band spectrum in the country — most suited for 4G LTE, which is the future Continue reading RCom all set to Join 4G-LTE Race Post-Merger with MTS Sistema
TRAI 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 ?
Idea Cellular has announced purchase of 5MHz paired spectrum in the 1800MHz band in Gujarat and UP (West) circles from Videocon Telecom for INR 33.1bn. This purchase will enable Idea to launch 4G in these 2 circles (currently contribute 14.4% to revenue). Idea is the No. 1 operator by revenue market share in UP (West) and No. 2 in Gujarat, which may have necessitated 4G services to ensure that existing customers do not migrate to competition offering Continue reading Videocon Makes Killing Selling 4G-LTE Spectrum to Idea in Gujarat / UP-West
Spectrum is the key commodity for Telecommunication services. Indian operators’ spectrum holding has improved in the last two years as the government has made available fresh spectrum. The top 3 incumbents (Airtel, Vodafone, Idea) and Reliance Jio have bought bulk of this spectrum. Bharti Airtel is currently the best placed – it has the highest spectrum quantity (excluding the state-owned operators) at 16% of the total spectrum, quality (33% of 900MHz) and highest percentage of revenue covered for 3G and LTE. Continue reading Why Spectrum is King Maker for NextGen Telecom Services ?