Sunday, 23 September 2018

Friday Review: India 3G – what happens next?

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 21 May 10

With no winner of pan-Indian spectrum, we ask how the operators will achieve comprehensive 3G coverage. Plus the week's highlights.

We should have known better than to expect a simple outcome to India's 3G spectrum auction. The sigh of relief I breathed on Wednesday when the government announced that the auction had finished - after years of preamble and then 183 seemingly interminable rounds of bidding - was short-lived. It took a little while to unravel the results, and once we had we quickly realised that they posed more questions than answers. None of the bidders succeeded in acquiring pan-Indian spectrum. Bharti Airtel's final bill was the highest at 122.95 billion rupees (US$2.63 billion) for spectrum in 13 circles; Reliance and Aircel also won spectrum in 13 circles, while second-highest bidder Vodafone Essar agreed to pay 116…

We should have known better than to expect a simple outcome to India's 3G spectrum auction. The sigh of relief I breathed on Wednesday when the government announced that the auction had finished - after years of preamble and then 183 seemingly interminable rounds of bidding - was short-lived. It took a little while to unravel the results, and once we had we quickly realised that they posed more questions than answers. None of the bidders succeeded in acquiring pan-Indian spectrum. Bharti Airtel's final bill was the highest at 122.95 billion rupees (US$2.63 billion) for spectrum in 13 circles; Reliance and Aircel also won spectrum in 13 circles, while second-highest bidder Vodafone Essar agreed to pay 116…

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