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The government is hoping to garner around Rs30,000-Rs35,000 crore by selling 3G airwaves and broadband wireless access spectrum
The 3G spectrum auction was off to a smooth start today with top telecom operators in the fray to acquire radio waves that could fetch the government up to Rs35,000 crore.
When contacted, a senior Department of Telecom (DoT) official confirmed the beginning of the auction across 22 circles simultaneously.
Asked whether the Government would reach its target of Rs35,000 crore from the sale of spectrum, the official said it is difficult to guess any amount at this moment as it would depend on how aggressive the operators are in bidding.
There are nine mobile operators, including the big six, who would bid for the three-four slots on offer.
The final bidders include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Telecom, Idea Cellular, Vodafone Essar, TTSL and Aircel for pan-India spectrum.
The government is hoping to garner around Rs30,000-Rs35,000 crore by selling 3G airwaves and broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum through auction that started today and is expected to last up to three weeks. There is, however, no time limit or deadline for the closing of the auction.
The e-auction started at 9 am and will remain open till 7.30 pm everyday till the process is complete.
The government has set base prices for all the 22 zones at Rs3,500 crore and Rs1,750 crore for BWA.
According to Sanjay Bhandarkar, NM Rothschild (India) head, the bidding process would stop only when the highest bids have been detected for all the circles simultaneously.
The auction for the BWA spectrum would be conducted two days after close of the 3G auction. The winners will be awarded spectrum in September, which means commercial operations of 3G services should be possible only by the end of 2010 or early 2011.
With 3G services, subscribers will be able to download hi-speed data and video streaming.
DoT has said that 3G auction is designed to prevent predatory bids. According to the auction rules, bidders cannot name their price and they can only accept or reject the price posted in each round.
There will be multiple, round-the-clock auctions simultaneously for 22 circles.
The bidders will have no control on increasing the base price, which can increase from 10% to 1% after each round. If there is one bidder more than the number of spectrum slots, the increase would be 5% and if there are two bidders more, then the base would be raised by 10%.
It sponsors teams, spends billions (of dollars) on advertising and is probably the world’s most well-known brand. But Coca-Cola seems to have forgotten what it takes to service a customer. What’s worse, Coke prefers to maintain a deafening silence—and enter a state of denial—when confronted with what is a major slip-up at its end
The next time you have a strong urge to down a bottle of Coke, do make it a point to hold up the bottle (as you would do with a Rs1,000 note) and examine it minutely to see if it contains any insect life.
On 7th April, your correspondent gulped down an insect or two from a 200-ml Coca-Cola bottle.
(Please see : http://www.moneylife.in/article/8/4652.html).
You would imagine that the soft-drink multinational would have taken prompt action—at least an apology over the telephone—for what obviously is a major slip-up at its end, which could have had potentially hazardous ramifications.
But Coca-Cola India feels that an apology to a customer would be stooping too low. It has told Moneylife that it wants our article (see above link) pulled out.
Since the numerous executives who are ‘in charge of customer service’ for the multinational’s operations in India have failed to respond in a satisfactory manner, we even went to the extent of contacting its Atlanta headquarters.
But the deafening silence continues from Coke’s end.
Coca-Cola India now wants to ‘inspect’ the bottle with insects floating around in it. An executive from its public relations department (Amit Govind) has told Moneylife that Coke wants to ‘scrutinise’ the bottle.
We’ll keep you posted on what happens after Coke’s sleuth inspects the bottle.
So the next time you want to enjoy the ‘real thing’, do ensure that a Coke executive is around before the bottle is uncorked. If you have some flora and fauna floating around in the liquid, the soft-drink major will have all the ‘proof’ it needs to take any further action—if it chooses to do so, of course.
The ratings agency has said that credit risk profiles of these telecom operators are expected to remain unaffected because the business risk profiles of these players will improve if they obtain 3G spectrum blocks for their key circles
Ratings agency CRISIL has said that it does not expect revenues of telecom operators to grow substantially over the next two years following the start of the auction of 3G spectrum and the value-added data and video services they would offer in the future.
The Indian government is selling three slots of spectrum across the nation with the exception of a few States where four slots will be on offer. The reserve price for pan-India spectrum has been fixed at Rs3,500 crore. According to the notice inviting applications (NIA) for 3G spectrum auction, of the 22 circles only five States—Punjab, Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir—will have four private players. 3G mobile services will allow high-speed content download and broadband services. The successful bidders would be allowed to offer 3G services on a commercial basis from 1 September 2010.
CRISIL said that over the near term, availability of the 3G spectrum will ease the constraints on the 2G spectrum connected to the voice services of telecom service providers. This will help telecom operators that succeed in the auction to improve the quality of their services, while maintaining strong subscriber volume growth in their existing voice services. This will, therefore, affect their business risk profiles positively, by enhancing the retention of high-value customers and improving the players’ competitiveness in an industry where competition has intensified and where churn rates are expected to increase with the implementation of mobile number portability, the ratings agency said.
CRISIL said that telecom majors rated by it are expected to bid aggressively for spectrum blocks for the circles in which they hold leading positions. However, these players are unlikely to display such aggressiveness for all the circles for which the bidding is taking place, bringing a degree of moderation to the final bidding amount, it added.
Credit risk profiles of these telecom operators are expected to remain unaffected because the business risk profiles of these players will improve if they obtain 3G spectrum blocks for their key circles. Also, the incremental expenditure incurred by the players towards procuring 3G spectrum blocks is likely to be manageable, given the large capital expenditure programmes already being executed by these telecom operators to expand their geographical presence, CRISIL said.
However, the ratings agency said that large debt funding of the additional investment on 3G spectrum licenses may exert pressure on the financial risk profiles of CRISIL-rated players over the near to medium term. The pressure on the players’ financial risk profiles will be offset by their strong cash flows, underpinned by a mature pan-Indian presence for most rated players or support from their parents, it added.