Saturday, 18 November 2017

Telco debts, M&A make immediate India auction unlikely

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Wednesday 30 August 17

TRAI opens consultation into forthcoming spectrum auctions, but heavily-indebted telcos are unlikely to be in a hurry to spend more.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) this week opened a consultation into the conditions surrounding the next auction of mobile spectrum in the country. While it did not take a firm position in its consultation document, the Indian regulator's comments suggest a new frequency sale will not take place quickly, given the financial pressures on telcos and the ongoing wave of M&A. There is a raft of spectrum up for grabs in India across multiple bands, including spectrum left unsold after last year's auction and new airwaves between 3…

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) this week opened a consultation into the conditions surrounding the next auction of mobile spectrum in the country. While it did not take a firm position in its consultation document, the Indian regulator's comments suggest a new frequency sale will not take place quickly, given the financial pressures on telcos and the ongoing wave of M&A. There is a raft of spectrum up for grabs in India across multiple bands, including spectrum left unsold after last year's auction and new airwaves between 3…

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