Data Drive Lot’s on of­fer, but limited de­mand

The Financial Express - - REFLECT -

It is a spec­trum auc­tion where there will be more on of­fer than what tele­com ser­vice providers need or will even bid for. The De­part­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (DoT) has put 2353MHz on of­fer across seven bands - 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2500MHz in the auc­tions start­ing Septem­ber 29. While go­ing by the base price, the govern­ment should get R5.6 lakh crore, an­a­lysts es­ti­mate it to be in the re­gion of R60,000 crore. That’s be­cause un­like in 2014 and 2015, tel­cos will not be bid­ding for re­newal spec­trum. Also de­mand in the ex­pen­sive 700MHz band where 770MHz is on of­fer across 22 cir­cles will be limited. It will be an auc­tion where op­er­a­tors try to plug in the gaps in their 3G and 4G cov­er­age rather than seek­ing ad­di­tional spec­trum.

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