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Spectrum auction: Government eyes Rs 80,000 crore; call rates may rise

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By Newsgram  Staff  Writer

The Union Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is eyeing Rs 80,000 crore from the spectrum auction which started  Wednesday.

The 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands are up for grabs in the auction. The first day, 4th March 2015, saw six rounds of aggressive bidding from the telecom operators.

As of now, the bidders have come forward with bids worth approximately Rs 60,000 crore against Rs 49,000 crore, which was the value of provisionally won spectrum. The unsold spectrum would go on sale on 5th March 2015 at 9am.

The experts say that Government’s plans of fetching bids worth Rs 80,000 crore would be comfortably fulfilled since a number of permits held by major telecom operators are near their expiry. A total of 29 licenses are scheduled to expire in the current year.

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With Airtel’s Sunil indicating that aggressive bidding would result in a rise in tariff, this auction may not bring in great news for the end consumers. Anil Ambani group’s Reliance Jio is being touted as the black horse in the race after it put in the highest earnest money (Rs 4,500 crore) among the operators. Idea Cellular currently holds 900 MHz bands in nine circles which are being auctioned. With most of its revenue coming from these circles, it would be interesting to see how far it is willing to go to retain them in its kitty.

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Reliance Jio Added Most Subscribers in Year 2018

Airtel was the other gainer during the month under review with an addition of around 1.02 lakh new customers, taking its total tally to 34.18 crore

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Airtel was the other gainer during the month under review with an addition of around 1.02 lakh new customers, taking its total tally to 34.18 crore. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reliance Jio led the subscription race in November 2018 adding around 88.01 lakh subscribers across the country, the highest among all the telecom service providers.

Data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday evening showed that the subscriber base of Reliance Jio by November 30 was around 27.16 crore.

The total number of mobile phone subscribers in the country by the end of November was 117.18 crore, with a net addition of 17.39 lakh customers during the month, as per the data.

“Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,170.02 million at the end of October 2018 to 1,171.76 million at the end of November 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.15 per cent,” TRAI said in its statement.

Reliance Jio, Source: www.reliancejio.website

“As on November 30, 2018, the private access service providers held 89.99 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 10.01 per cent.”

The state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) added around 3.78 lakh subscribers in November, taking its total tally to 11.38 crore, it said.

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Airtel was the other gainer during the month under review with an addition of around 1.02 lakh new customers, taking its total tally to 34.18 crore.

The largest service provider in terms of subscribers and revenue, Vodafone Idea, however, lost around 65.26 lakh subscribers and its subscription base as of November-end was around 42.11 crore. (IANS)