HOME > BUSINESS > RCom says no final decision yet on paying spectrum liberalization charges

RCom says no final decision yet on paying spectrum liberalization charges

rom

Reliance Communications Ltd said it will take a final call on whether or not to convert its CDMA spectrum into 4G spectrum after the Department of Telecom informs it of the final amount required to be paid for the same.

“DoT has issued the intimation letter for 16 circles and is yet to decide for the remaining 4 circles. Once decided in totality, Company will have option whether to pay the said amount and liberalise or not. Thus this process is still ongoing and the matter has not yet achieved finality,” the Anil Ambani firm said.

RCom is reported to have agreed to trade spectrum with Reliance Jio, controlled by Anil’s brother Mukesh, as well as to enter sharing deals.

RCom is the biggest holder of lucrative 800 MHz spectrum in India, something that has been coveted by 4G players like Jio. RCom, which gets a large chunk of its revenue from data, also has its own plans of launching its 4G network using the spectrum as well as those of MTS, which it is in the process of merging with.

There have been media reports that the company has been asked to pay Rs 5,600 cr if it wants to enter into sharing and trading. According to Indian rules, a company cannot enter into such deals as long as it holds administratively assigned (or free) spectrum in that particular band.

RCom has around 5 MHz of spectrum in this band in nearly all the telecom zones of the country.

In September, Anil Ambani had said: “This spectrum is ideally suited for the launch of the 1st truly world class 4G / LTE services in India, and has the ability to provide a clear competitive edge in terms of quality, coverage and pricing, over other operators launching similar services in other spectrum bands.”

According to media reports, RCom and Jio plan to jointly create a 4G network on the 800 MHz band in the seven circles where both companies have spectrum in this band.

In other places, they will engage in trading so that at least one of them can launch the service.

“We had started applying for liberalization of our spectrum in various circles starting from July 2015 to enable us to use this spectrum for 4G services as well as allow us for sharing and trading as and when the guidelines for the same were available,” RCom said today.

“Pursuant to the guidelines on liberalization issued on 5th Nov 2015, the Company, in its ordinary course of business, had again put in the request to DoT for liberalisation for its holding in 800 MHz of Spectrum in 20 Circles alongwith the processing fee of Rs 50,000/- per service area.”

Follow ULTRA.news
Why Reliance JIO’s new tariff plan is BAD for Bharti Airtel, Idea & Vodafone Airtel's stock performance (2002-2017)The stock of Bharti Airtel is at a two-year high, not far from its life-highs of late 2007, but going by the latest tariffs unveiled by Reliance Jio, investors will do well to hold off on the bubbly for a while longer.Airtel closed a...
JIO Wallet Offers: Paytm, Amazon, PhonePe give cashback on 399 recharge Wallet players like Paytm, Mobikwik, PhonePe and AmazonPay have come up with cash back offers for Reliance Jio users who want to take advantage of the Rs 399 recharge scheme valid till today midnight.Last week, India's largest wireless Internet provider said anyone rechargin...
Reliance Jio’s New 4G Plans: No More Tariff Increases? Jio's new 4G tariff from Oct 19Reliance Jio has unveiled a set of new plans that will come into effect from tomorrow, effecting a price increase of about 15% to existing tariff.The phrasing of the new plans also suggests that these are 'regular' plans, and not promotiona...
Reliance Jio to withdraw Rs 399 plan next week Most customers of Reliance Jio, the country's largest telecom operator by volumes, will not be able to get the 84GB-for-399 plan starting next month, the company's deputy chief financial officer V Srikant said on Friday.Asked how the company's average revenue per user (billi...
Surprisingly, Reliance Jio is already profitable at PAT level Reliance Jio has reported revenue of Rs 7,213 cr, including GST, and an operating profit of Rs 261 cr for the second quarter of the financial year.However, after deducting costs related to the wear and tear of its machines, Reliance Jio reported a pretax loss of 414 cr. This...
Reliance Jio breaks even on opg level, 9.62 GB avg consumption per month Reliance Jio has reported revenue of Rs 7,213 cr and an operating profit of Rs 261 cr for the second quarter of the financial year.Per capita data consumption was 9.62 GB per user per month.Average voice consumption was 626 minutes per month during the period, it added. ...
BSNL to increase minimum broadband speed to withstand Jio Fiber Existing BSNL plansState-owned telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will increase the speed cap on all its DSL and Fiber broadband plans to 10 Mbps. At present, most plans have a speed cap of 4 Mbps.However, higher speeds will be available only in areas which are re...
Reliance Jio quarterly numbers to be announced today; new tariff plans eyed Reliance Industries, the parent of telecom operator Jio, will announce its quarterly performance numbers at around 5 pm today.Besides its core oil and gas business, the company will give an update on the operations of its telecom unit.Some in the market even expect it t...
Reliance Jio to launch new plans on Thursday, offers 100% cashback Reliance Jio, India's most popular wireless data provider, said it will introduce new plans from Oct 19, and that it was offering "100%" cashback on its popular recharge of Rs 399 that gives three months of services.In a promotion put up on its website, the company said the ...
Idea, Airtel offer 84 GB 4g data for Rs 400 to target users Airtel PlansIdea Cellular and Bharti Airtel are offering 1 GB of 3G or 4G data per day for 84 days at a price of around Rs 400 in select circles, including voice benefits, matching Jio's lowest tariff.The offer is available only for targeted users.For example, for so...
Zain to use Wifi spectrum to speed up 4G LTE Nokia will help Saudi telecom operator Zain to use unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band -- often used for Wifi -- to increase download speeds of 4G LTE."Following the trial, the Nokia technology will be deployed in hotspots, for example, in malls and cafes in Jeddah and aro...
Idea Cellular offers 28 GB 3G/4G data for Rs 250 Idea Cellular, which has been under pressure in recent months due to aggressive offerings from rivals Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, has unveiled a new promotional offer that gives 1 GB per day for 28 days at a price of around Rs 250.Unlike other plans, this one does not off...
RCom withdraws scheme for sale of tower co to Brookfield Reliance Communications said it has filed with the National Company Law Tribunal to withdraw its demerger scheme for its tower assets.The move follows the cancellation of its plans to merge with Aircel Cellular due to regulatory issues.The company Anil Ambani-led company...
After Aircel deal failure, RCom changes board composition Reliance Communications inducted its CEO and the president of its telecom business into its board of directors.Punit Garg, President, Telecom Business and Chief Financial Officer V Manikantan have been appointed as non-indepedent directors on the company board.The move c...
RCom likely to shut more 2G, 3G networks, sell the spectrum Reliance Communications, which announced it was abandoning plans to merge with Aircel Cellular, indicated that it would focus on two segments - 4G and wired. Within wired, it would focus on enterprise services.The disclosure indicates that the company, -- which recently shut ...
JIO IMPACT: India mobile data usage up 500%, price down 97% in 1 year The average data consumed by wireless users in India has increased five fold in the last year one year, even as prices crashed by 97% due to the launch of Reliance Jio.For India as a whole, the total consumption of wireless data touched 4.3 bln GB in the three months from Ap...
Idea Cellular expects 7-fold increase in data consumption in one year Idea Cellular, one of India's top telecom companies, is working with the assumption that its users will increase their data consumption from the present level of around 2.2 GB per month per head to 15 GB per month by next year, CEO Himanshu Kapania said."Idea is planning on ...
Reliance Jio, Vodafone & Airtel conducting pre-5G trials – ZTE All three of India's top mobile networks -- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio -- are currently conducting trials of a key 5G technology that makes use of a very high number of antennas to increase the capacity of the network, David An, the technology head of ZTE said toda...
Reliance Jio to tie-up with Den Networks for fiber launch? A day after Reliance Industries said it would not comment on media speculation about acquisition talks with Den Networks, the cable company has issued a largely identically worded statement. However, the statement seemed to indicate the possibility of a tie-up or agreement rathe...
Is Reliance Jio about to acquire Den Networks? Reliance Industries refused to deny or confirm media reports about its telecom unit Jio being in talks to acquire cable operator Den Networks.Shares of Den Networks, one of India's largest cable networks, are up 6.2%, having opened higher on the news."We are unable to co...