The DoT has rejected the COAI's plea to cancel the dual-tech licences of Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications in its reply to the SC
Why has the Trai's proposals for spectrum pricing come under all-round attack? Seems they are seriously flawed.
The Telecom Commission has asked the regulator to rethink on three issues: refarming spectrum, the reserve prices, and liberalisation of spectrum.
First they talked of a 25-30 percent tariff hike. But now GSM mobile operators are warning of 100 percent hikes if Trai's spectrum ideas are implemented.
The government may not adopt the telecom regulator's proposals to redistribute 800-900 Mhz spectrum in toto.
Trai last week recommended that the government should auction 5 MHz of airwaves in the 1800 MHz band and companies will have to pay a minimum Rs 3,622.18 crore for every unit of spectrum
Vodafone says the Trai proposal to redistribute the 900 Mhz spectrum will affect 100 million users and be enormously expensive.
A close look at the missive sent by five telecom companies to Kapil Sibal shows that they may be protesting too much.
The big telecom companies may have to pay more for spectrum, but the tariff hikes needed to pay for it may be no more than2-4 paise per minute.
Even while Trai's new spectrum proposals has shocked the industry, industry experts say one clear casualty will be 3G services.
Sistema which lost 21 licences in the 2 February SC order, has taken a hit of $700 million for this setback. Despite the writeoff Sistema is unlikely to pull the plug on the Indian telecom sector.
Equity analysts are unanimous that Trai's spectrum pricing proposals are going to make a bad situation worse and feel they will have to be modified.
The Trai recommendations for the refarming of the 900 Mhz spectrum is a loss for incumbents like Bharti and Vodafone.
A successful bidder for BWA licences is now on the threshold of failure as Reliance lobbies against US multinational Qualcomm
Even as telecom regulator is dusting up a new telecom policy, shadow-boxing continues on whether one needs an exit policy for the sector.
The Supreme Court's cancellation of 2G licences has opened all the fault lines in India's telecom industry. Reason: there is simply not enough spectrum around.