We highlighted the most important voices of Various Telecom Operators in response to the consultation paper of TRAI on Spectrum pricing. COAI mainly represented by Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellulr has clarified on the myths of Reliance Communications fearing that its entire CDMA spectrum will be re-farmed.
The day when I discussed about Uncertainties surrounding Reliance Jio Infocomm, warring Ambani brothers embraced each others in Arms and announced the Inter-City OFC Sharing Deal and kept options for other passive infrastructure sharing. However, that does not end the problems of Reliance Jio Infocomm as it’ll require seamless voice calling services achieved by Airtel using CSFB for LTE customers.
VoLTE is possible theoretically and in reality, most operators across the world are 4G/ LTE network for data play and switching to 2G/3G networks for Voice services. Continue reading Reliance Jio Infocomm may go for MVNO Arrangement with Reliance Communications ?
Few Days ago, when I wrote about 80% of Indian Mobile Telephony being supported by Microwave backhaul and just 20% of Optical Fiber backhaul, I had told will come back with the deployments of microwave elements in Indian Sky. Continue reading Indian Companies Deployed 2.1 Mn Microwave Elements in the Last 8 Years
The Indian Government’s Telecom Ministry headed by Mr. Kapil Sibal has reportedly refused, to extend Telecom licences that expire in Nov 2014. Those seeking extension include Airtel (in Delhi & Kolkata circles), and Vodafone (in Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata circles). Their license extension implies the use of Spectrum that they have in possession since last 20 years. Idea and Reliance licenses come up for renewal only in 2015.
As per licensing conditions then, Government has drafted it in such a way that the licenses could be renewed upon mutually acceptable terms without any clarity. However, Airtel and Vodafone are likely to litigate against the Government’s decision on license extension, adding to a long list of pending litigation in the sector. Continue reading Govt’s Refusal for GSM Spectrum License Extension – Litigation the Way Forward ?
The Multi-Billion Dollar Scam Scarred Congress Government and its Lawyer turned Politician, Minister of Communications, Kapil Sibal is in Trouble again. Mr. Sibal will enter books of Modern History covering the Massive Corruption for his famous Zero Loss Theory in 2G Spectrum Scam. Mr. Sibal is in trouble yet again for crossing the lines.
The Government now needs to sell residual spectrum [Spectrum of all cancelled licensees] in markets where some spectrum was already sold in the November 2012 auctions. This puts Indian regulator in a tricky situation and creates hurdles for it to lower reserve prices, in our view. If there are any reductions in reserve prices, it is possible that operators which participated in last year’s auction may claim similar discounts and this might adversely lower the spectrum sale proceeds. Continue reading Spectrum Pricing – Kapil Sibal Led Government in Catch 22 Situation
The 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