DoT Issues Spectrum Payment Demand Notices to 4 Bidders, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued notices of demand to the four companies, which purchased spectrum at the recently concluded auction, to make payments by August 16.

Telecom operators have the option of paying in 20 equal annual installments. Carriers can also choose to pay the full amount or pay part of the initial payment (which can be a multiple of full years with a minimum of two years).

In case companies opt for payments in 20 equal installments, Reliance Jio’s first installment is Rs 7,864 crore while Bharti Airtel’s is Rs 3,848 crore. Vodafone Idea’s first tranche is Rs 1,679 crore while new entrant Adani Data Networks is to pay Rs 18.94 crore, notices posted on the DoT website on Saturday showed. The Adani Group company, however, is expected to pay the full amount of its bid of Rs 212 crore.

Market leader Jio was the biggest bidder in the 5G waves auction which ended on Monday, spending Rs 88,078 crore, while Airtel and Vodafone Idea bought waves worth Rs 43,084 crore and Rs 18,799 crore, respectively.

When issuing notices of application, the DoT advised companies that in the 25.5-27 GHz frequency range, a 2.7 km radius no-go zone may need to be provided from a location to be specified. in the future in Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Accordingly, Companies may be required to relocate their Transmitters if necessary, for which a pro rata reduction in total payment liability will be permitted, effective from the date of this exclusion or the date the Transmitter is relocated. , whichever is later.

Apart from increasing the demand for payments, the DoT informed about the availability of spectrum in all blocks in different bands won by the companies. In some blocks, spectrum availability is not complete, which has been communicated to companies. The ministry recently completed the spectrum harmonization or reorganization exercise, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

The government fetched Rs 150,173 crore from the sale of 51,236 MHz in the seven-day auction, which ended on Monday. In total, he had put up for sale 72,098 MHz waves.

The government expects 5G services to be rolled out gradually from September to October with pan-India coverage to be completed in two to three years, backed by investments of around Rs 2-3 lakh crore. At first, 5G networks should be launched in metros and category A circles which have high payment power, followed by smaller cities and towns.

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