Next spectrum auction likely in April-June 2020
The sector regulator has suggested a base price for 5G airwaves of Rs 492 per MHz and has proposed a minimum sale of 20 MHz blocks. That would mean a telco having to spend close to Rs 10,000 crore for 20 MHz and Rs 50,000 crore for 100 MHz--rates that the companies have said are exorbitant.
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Ernst & Young has estimated that it would cost $100 billion or so to launch 5G in India.
Over 92,000 employees of BSNL, MTNL opt for VRS scheme
According to the plan, all regular and permanent employees of BSNL, who attended the age of 50 years or above are eligible to seek voluntary retirement under the scheme.
BSNL plans to invite bids from global cos for 4G gear; rollout likely in 6 months
BSNL will spend Rs 1,200 crore on network equipment over a two-year period. The telco, which recently received a Rs 74,000-crore revival package from the government, is planning to deploy more than 50,000 new 4G mobile sites at 70,000 locations.
NCLT directs DoT not to suspend Aircel’s spectrum license
The battle between Aircel , which keeled under a debt of Rs 26,000 crore, and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) started when the latter demanded dues on airwaves be paid to the government failing which licenses should be suspended .
Government has no plans to reduce price for 5G spectrum
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that the base price for the next round of auction has been recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on August 1, 2018, and the regulator reaffirmed the same price on July 8, 2019 in response to reference sent by the Department of Telecom.
Older telcos back consumer choice on moving users to 4G from 2G
"While operators would love to go to a single network, it saves them money as well, but we can't force people to do things that they don't want to do, we must let the market decide and let the customer decide,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.
Enough spectrum available to start 5G services: Prasad
The minister said that 275 megahertz of radiowaves frequency between 3,300-3,400 Mhz and 3,425 to 3,600 Mhz band is available for 5G auction. According to ITU, a 5G application in general should be able to transmit data with 10 gigabit per second speed and in some cases 20 Gigabit per second.
BSNL vendors seek DoT intervention over Rs 1,600 crore dues linked to Bharat Net 2
The companies that have approached the DoT flagging their concerns on pending dues include Sterlite, Tejas, Paramount Wires And Cables Ltd (PWCL), Aksh Optifibre, Finolex among others, and the dues run into Rs 1,600 crore, said Sandeep Aggarwal, Managing Director of Paramount Communications.
Govt has no plans to reduce price for 5G spectrum: Ravi Shankar Prasad
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After Airtel & Voda-Idea, Reliance Jio to hike mobile tariffs in few weeks
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Reliance Jio to raise prices in few weeks
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Deferred spectrum payments won’t solve debt issues of telcos: Analysts
The move, which will give over Rs 42,000 crore of relief to the telcos, may not be enough to address the debt concerns of the troubled telcos and ‘much more was needed’ from the government, primarily on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), which may boost stock prices if interest and penalties were waived, according to analysts.
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