Singapore to reserve 60MHz for new mobile operator

Singapore’s telecoms regulator has proposed setting aside 60MHz out of a total of 225MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants. The structure of the next spectrum auction …

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Thai regulator to propose 60MHz spectrum cap

The Thai telecoms regulator will meet on Wednesday to consider introducing a 60MHz spectrum limit on the amount of spectrum an operator can hold to encourage newcomers to enter the market. As part of its wider auction plan, the National …

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4G hopefuls already look ahead to Thailand’s next auction

NEW BLOG: Thailand’s long-delayed 4G spectrum auctions finally look like they are set to move ahead at the end of the year despite calls from various agencies to push the sale back to give the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission …

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Standoff in Dhaka: Will auctions move ahead in May?

NEW BLOG: Bangladesh’s spectrum auctions, scheduled for 20 May, look like they will be delayed after the operators made it clear they won’t participate in the sale until a settlement is reached on a controversial fine imposed on them for not …

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Bangladesh likely to delay spectrum auctions again

Bangladesh’s spectrum auctions, after being pushed back a month to 20 May, will likely be delayed again, after mobile operators failed to resolve the long-simmering SIM replacement tax issue in a meeting with regulators and the finance minster last week. …

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India’s DoT head sees “no case” for tariff increases

The head of India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) has explained that since the country’s mobile operators’ profits are healthy and their debt levels manageable, there is “no case at all” for any tariff increases. Telecom secretary Rakesh Garg insisted that …

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India’s top 3 operators account for 85% of auction spend

India’s largest three mobile operators have committed to spending a total of INR895 billion ($14.3 billion) – 85 per cent of the record INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion) the government will generate from the auction of four spectrum bands. Bharti Airtel, …

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India’s record auction prices are credit negative for operators – Moody’s

India’s recently concluded spectrum auctions, which will cost operators a record-high INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion), is credit negative for the industry because it will increase operators’ debt and costs and reduce their ability to fund future expansion, Moody’s said. The …

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Vodafone India expands 3G spectrum base, spends $4B

Vodafone India announced that it will pay INR258.1 billion ($4.12 billion) to acquire a total of 78.4MHz of spectrum in 12 regions, or “circles”. India’s spectrum auction, which closed earlier this week after three weeks of bidding, will bring in …

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