Auction riches to remain pipe dream as telcos keep distance
Though Sistema Shyam has come forward to take spectrum in the 800 MHz CDMA band, it would not mean anything to the government in terms of revenue as other CDMA players like Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices have not evinced interest in auctions in this band. There were no takers for spectrum in this band in the November auctions also, which forced the government to later reduce the reserve price by 50%. Thus, a company like Sistema can procure spectrum at around Rs 2,900 crore against Rs 1,651 crore it paid in 2008.
* Not a single GSM operator applied to participate in the auction of spectrum in the 900 and 1,800 MHz bands
* Sistema Shyam, whose 21 licences were cancelled by SC, was the lone applicant for spectrum in 800 MHz
* Govt to explore all options to see how spectrum can be
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