Cracking the whip on a “defiant” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not implementing the Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations, the Supreme Court on Friday barred the Indian cricket body from releasing funds to state cricket associations unless they “fall in line” and implement reforms as suggested by the three-member panel.
A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur in an interim order restrained the cash-rich cricket body from disbursing any funds to state cricket bodies unless they pass a resolution to comply with the Lodha committee recommendations and such compliance would then be placed on affidavit before the apex court.
Reliance Jio also bought additional 10 MHz in 2300 MHz band in 16 circles. Jio also managed to successfully fill its 1800 MHz gaps in Bihar, J&K, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (West). In addition, it was able to expand capacity in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP (East) and West Bengal. Jio also renewed its spectrum (acquired from RCom) in Gujarat in the 800 MHz band.
Both Bharti and Jio not only had the capability of providing 4G across all the circles, they have further strengthened their position by buying additional spectrum. However, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, though having strengthened their portfolios, still have gaps. For instance, Vodafone can now provide 4G services across 17 circles from 9 earlier and Idea in 20 from the earlier 11.
Idea Cellular bought spectrum in 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2500 MHz bands and now has 3G capability in 15 circles and 4G in 20. The company bought 10 MHz block of 2500 MHz spectrum in 11 circles, and 10 MHz block of 2300 MHz in three circles. The company did not have any spectrum in these bands earlier. In 2100 MHz, it had 5 MHz spectrum in 12 circles and bought a block of 5 MHz in four circles — UP (East), Rajasthan, Bihar and Mumbai — in this auction. The combined 10 MHz Idea now has in UP (East) will enable it to provide faster speeds equivalent to 4G.