SPECTRUM PRICING

  • Cabinet okays 30 pc cut in spectrum reserve price December 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday approved a 30 per cent cut in the reserve price for sale of mobile phone spectrum in four zones that went unsold in the recent dampsquib auction. Airwaves in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka and Rajasthan found no takers in the previous auction as bidders found...
  • 2G case: Trial completes one year, over 100 witnesses examined November 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The ongoing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case, involving highprofile accused like former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi on Sunday completed a year, yielding the recording of over 3,000 pages of depositions in examination of over 100 witnesses. The stage for the daytoday trial, which...
  • Union Cabinet to meet today October 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet will be meeting on Thursday and the pricing of excess spectrum is likely to be approved. The AG could be asked to come to Cabinet. Also on agenda are measures to control the spread of Japanese Encephalitis in UP and Bihar, the 78day productivity linked...
  • EGoM to decide on onetime spectrum fee today October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers led by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be meeting on Monday on the Spectrum issue. It will be to taking a decision on charging telecom service providers for excess spectrum beyond contractual obligations. The EGOM in its last meeting on October 3 could not...
  • BJP slams govt over pricing spectrum at Rs 14,000 cr August 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday slammed the government for pricing telecom spectrum at Rs 14,000 crore which is 22 per cent lower than the TRAI recommendations and sought to know what prompted the Union Cabinet to take this decision. "TRAI had recommended that even a hike of five paise per...
  • Telecom industry says call rates to go up by 30p/min August 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Disappointed with Cabinet decision on fixing minimum or base price at Rs 14,000 crore for spectrum, the telecom industry on Friday said the recommendations will prove to be "regressive" for the sector's growth and that operators would be forced to raise tariffs for consumers. GSM operators body COAI,...
  • 2G: Cabinet decides spectrum price at Rs 14,000 cr August 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Friday fixed a minimum or base price of Rs 14,000 crore for the Supreme Court mandated auction of telecom spectrum. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, decided to fix the reserve price at the lower end of the Rs 14,000 crore to Rs...
  • Cabinet may decide on spectrum reserve price today August 3, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet will meet on Friday to discuss the reserve price and usage charges of the telecom spectrum to be auctioned, in line with a Supreme Court order. In February the Supreme Court had cancelled 122 licences issued by then Telecom Minister A Raja in 2008 and asked the...
  • Cabinet may decide on spectrum price on Friday August 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to meet on Friday to discuss the reserve price and usage charges of spectrum that is to be auctioned as per the Supreme Court order. "Cabinet will discuss the spectrum reserve price and usage charge in its meeting tomorrow," sources in the Department of Telecom...
  • Cabinet to take final call on 2G reserve price July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: A high powered ministerial panel headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday decided the final call on issues like reserve price, spectrum usage charge and terms of payment will be taken by the Cabinet. "The EGoM discussed three specific issues...EGoM are going to make a specific recommendation on...
  • Decision on spectrum pricing unlikely today July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Ahead of the scheduled meeting of EGoM on telecom on Friday, GSM industry body COAI wrote to the panel's head, Home Minister P Chidambaram, that the new model being considered to fix spectrum base price will lead to hike in tariffs. "By changing the payment model to lower upfront...
  • DoT to prepare set of reserve price of spectrum July 18, 2012

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Wednesday asked the Department of Telecom to prepare a matrix of reserve price of spectrum auction and its impact on tariffs and revenue to the government. According to sources, DoT has been asked to prepare a matrix of various levels of reserve...
  • Telecom EGoM to be held within couple of days: Pawar July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: A crucial meeting of the reconstituted Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), scheduled for Monday, has been postponed, Agriculture Minister and head of the ministerial panel Sharad Pawar said. The meeting of the EGoM, the first after Pranab Mukherjee resigned as the Finance Minister to contest Presidential election, was to...
  • EGoM on spectrum pricing expected next week June 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The Empowered Group of Ministers on telecom may meet next week to discuss on crucial issue of spectrum price and related issues for auction which is due before August 31. The crucial meeting of EGoM, which was scheduled for Thursday to decide on spectrum...
  • EGoM to take final call on spectrum pricing today June 5, 2012

    Mumbai: An empowered group of ministers (EGoM) led by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will meet on Tuesday to take a final call on key issues of 2G spectrum auction such as pricing and refarming, officials said. The EGoM would go through the analysis report of the Telecom Commission on the Telecom...
  • Telecos write to Sibal, demand cut in 2G price April 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The CEOs of five telecom companies on Saturday wrote a joint letter to Kapil Sibal seeking an 80 per cent cut in the spectrum reserve price. The CEOs included Sanjay Kapoor, Marten Pieters, Himanshu Kapania, Sigve Brekke and Arvind Bali. In the letter, the CEOs warned high spectrum price will...
  • Telco chiefs meet Sibal to discuss spectrum pricing January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: For the second time in as many months, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday met chiefs of leading operators, including Sunil Bharti Mittal, Anil Ambani and Vodafone's Marten Pieters, to discuss various contentious issues such as spectrum pricing, allocation and onetime fee. "All the operators conveyed their views on...
  • Sibal to meet telco chiefs on spectrum pricing January 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Seeking clarity on pricing of spectrum and allocation, CEOs of five top telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular will be meeting Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. The high level governmentindustry interaction would take place for the second time within less than two months. The...
  • Sibal to meet telecom chiefs on Tuesday January 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Seeking clarity on pricing of spectrum and allocation, CEOs of five top telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular will be meeting Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. The high level governmentindustry interaction would take place for the second time within less than two months. The...
  • TRAI stands by hike in 2G prices; tariff may rise November 3, 2011

    New Delhi: In a development that could put massive financial burden on mobile service providers, telecom regulator TRAI on Thursday stood by its recommendation of over sixfold jump in 2G spectrum prices. TRAI had earlier this year recommended Rs 10,972.45 crore for the contracted 6.2 Mhz spectrum for panIndia licence as...