Why Is India Wary Of 2G Spectrum Re-Auctions?

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The Indian government has pushed ahead the dates of the 2G Spectrum Auctions. The process will now begin from 3rd February.The re-auctioning of the 403.2 MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band and 46 MHz in the 900MHz band will take place in the month of February, but the process which was to begin earlier, has just started yesterday with clarifications from NIA. The re-auctioning is one of the most...
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TRAI Warms-Up To The Idea of Uniform Spectrum Usage Charge, Paving Way For More Players In 4G

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Indian telecom companies have been getting a very favorable environment in the country for the past year. The same is expected to continue in this year too, with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) likely to carry forward discussions pertaining to Uniform Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC), which has been holding the Telcos back from offering next generation communications and other broadband services.Telecom...
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DoT’s Bargain With The Defense Ministry Could Allow 3 More Telecom Players To Offer 3G Services

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is currently in discussion with India’s Defense Ministry that could have a substantial impact on the future of 3rd Generation (3G) high speed mobile broadband.DoT has officially proposed the Defense Ministry to give up about 15 MHz from the 2100 MHz spectrum band and instead accept equal quantity from the 1900 MHz band. While the quantum of swap doesn’t...
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COAI Offers A Compromise Formula To Safeguard GSM Companies

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The telecom sector is currently on the verge of substantial flux. While some of the companies have already participated in the next generation 4G telephony standards and secured licenses, many of the older players have their licenses coming up for renewal. Under such trying times, there is a huge demand for the spectrum in the 900 MHz band and everyone wants to retain a slice.The Telecom Regulatory...
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TRAI’s Revised Spectrum Prices Seem Unfair To New Telcos Despite Heavy Reductions

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This week the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a new set of recommendations that could have serious implications on the new telecom players like Videocon, Telewings (erstwhile Telenor) and CDMA players like Sistema Shyam. TRAI has apparently slashed the prices of relatively more efficient 900MHz spectrum by a hefty 60% in prime regions of Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Though it has...
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Government Denies Extension To 2G License Of Airtel & Vodafone

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Vodafone & Airtel both face an uncertain future thanks to India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) rejecting their requests for interim extension of 2G licenses. What’s going to hurt these companies further is that these licenses are for the prime circles of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.Why are these players being targeted? Vodafone as well as Airtel has always been one the most active...
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2G Bidding Fiasco Takes Ugly Turn As Vodafone Alleges Favoritism

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The soon to be auctioned 2G Spectrum has come under heavy criticism for apparently favoring a particular set of companies. As per the revised norms, Vodafone India feels the spectrum auction guidelines, are “illegal, discriminatory and benefiting one set of players”. The core of the matter is the three separate ‘Bands’ of spectrum that have to be tabled for auction. At present Indian operators...
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Indian Telecom Industry Witnesses Its First Ever Subscriber Slowdown

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released data which shows that mobile subscriptions are falling. The data shows that subscriptions fell from 965.52 million in June to 944.81 million in July, a difference of 20 million and that too just in one month! This marks the first ever telecom subscriber decline witnessed by a country where the telecom segment flourished like no other in...
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DoT Set To Create Furor With Cancellation Of Additional Licenses

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Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is about to unleash additional trouble for telecom companies as it contemplates cancellation of 19 more licenses of 2G spectrum.Indian telecom scenario has been going through very tough times thanks to the 2G scam that rocked the nation & ultimately witnessed cancellation of 122 licenses issued by the erstwhile tainted telecom minister A. Raja. While the...
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TRAI Proposed Recommendations Will Hike Charges Of Mobile Telephony, Says Telcos

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Major Telecom operators in India have jointly accused Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) of imposing atrocious recommendations. Top executives of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Uninor and Videocon have blamed TARI for it’s “highly retrograde set of recommendations on spectrum auctions” that will invariably increase burden on customers.Supreme Court had earlier cancelled all the 122...
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