Telecom stocks gain up to 6 pct on TRAI proposal

Sep 10 2013, 14:48 IST
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SummaryThe reduction in reserve prices follow the failed March auction, which drew just one bidder.

Telecom stocks on Tuesday rose by as much as 6 per cent after telecom regulator TRAI recommended a sharp 60 per cent cut in the floor price of mobile phone spectrum for an upcoming auction after two previous sales drew lukewarm response because of high reserve price.

Bharti Airtel's scrip surged 5.86 per cent, while Idea Cellular rose by 4.74 per cent and Reliance Communications moved up by 3.15 per cent on the BSE.

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TRAI made recommendations to the government for the start or base price of auction of spectrum in 900 per megahertz (MHz) and 1,800 MHz bands used by GSM players to offer 2G, which remained unsold after two rounds of auctions in November and March.

It suggested a pan-India reserve price of Rs 1,496 crore per MHz in the 1800 band, down 37 per cent from the base price set in the previous auction, TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar had said.

The reduction in reserve prices follow the failed March auction, which drew just one bidder.

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