Reliance Jio has nearly twice as much 4G spectrum as Airtel even after Aircel deal

Reliance Jio continues to hold a substantial spectrum advantage over nearest rival Bharti Airtel, even after the latter’s recently announced deal to purchase airwaves from Aircel Cellular. According to the data collected from various sources including company reports, Jio holds spectrum in 62 of the 66 4G slots in the country,  while Bharti Airtel holds […]

Vodafone lauds government’s telecom and spectrum reforms

In a rare gesture, a big telecom company has lauded the government’s recent changes in telecom policy. The Modi government has, in recent months, cleared long-pending reforms such as allowing the trading of spectrum, cutting levies and initiating rearrangement (harmonization) of spectrum. Usually, the relationship between the government and big operators tends to be strained […]

How Ravishankar Prasad can resolve the 700 MHz spectrum auction pricing problem

India is getting ready for a digital revolution by auctioning 700 MHz spectrum that has the potential to take high-speed Internet to every village in the country. However, telecom operators — who have to play the role of the enablers — are not popping open the bubbly quite yet. The reason for their misgivings is […]

Reliance Jio wins against Bharti Airtel, Vodafone in TRAI spectrum auction recommendations

One of the most keenly fought battles during the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s consultation over upcoming spectrum auction has been won by Reliance Jio. On the losing side are India’s top two operators — Bharti Airtel and Vodafone. The battle was on the question of whether or not Reliance Jio should be allowed to top up […]

TRAI rejects plea by Airtel, Idea and Jio to postpone 700 Mhz spectrum sale

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has rejected the request by three of India’s biggest 4G operators — Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular — to not sell any more 4G spectrum, especially in the strategic 700 MHz band. The move is likely to lead to a fast rollout of 4G services in rural […]

Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio, Telenor and Bharti likely to buy 4G waves in auction – CS

Broker Credit Suisse sees all the major telecom companies of India making an attempt to buy fresh 4G spectrum in the upcoming auctions expected to take place in March. Despite making contrary noises, the telcos are likely to buy airwaves as it is a ‘once-in-20-years’ opportunity, the broker said in a note to clients. According […]

Telenor, Vodafone, Tata keen on 700 MHz spectrum; Jio, Bharti, Idea defensive

For years, India’s telecom operators have taken the government repeatedly to task over ‘hoarding’ spectrum, not releasing it on time etc.. However, with recent auctions giving some of them a competitive advantage, many of these operators are now asking the government to postpone the upcoming 700 MHz auctions – slated to be the biggest India will ever see. As part […]

Spectrum trading – Aircel planning to sell its spectrum in circles like Kerala, Punjab etc?

With spectrum trading rules promulgated, all eyes are on two key players — Aircel Cellular and Tata Teleservices — wondering whether they will sell coveted 3G and 4G spectrum held with them. Operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are known to be keen to buy spectrum from these operators. Adding fuel to speculation […]

Spectrum Trading norms to lead to exits — Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Reliance Jio seen winning

Spectrum trading is likely to lead to consolidation in the Indian telecom industry and four telecom operators — Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Reliance Jio — are likely to emerge the winners — analysts said. “The industry could see emergence of four pan-India players (Bharti Airtel Limited, Vodafone India Limited, Idea Cellular Ltd and […]

Spectrum Trading Guidelines – Tata, Aircel, RCom to be major beneficiaries in India

The Indian government today implemented perhaps the most awaited reform in the telecom sector in recent years — spectrum trading. Trading will be allowed for all spectrum acquired through auctions or for which ‘market rates’ have been paid. Largely as expected, the norms however have hit MTS — owned by Russia’s Sistema — badly as […]

TRAI spectrum recommendations major boost to Idea, RCom; good for broadband

The telecom regulator’s recommendations on spectrum auction are likely to help Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications – two companies which were facing the highest risk of business disruption from the upcoming auctions. The TRAI has suggested that the auction of 900-1800 MHz spectrum be put on hold till issues around the availability of 3G spectrum […]