Monday, February 6, 2023

After $18 billion bids 5G spectrum auction, India anticipates record revenue

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On the first day of a 5G spectrum auction, India received bids totaling 1.45 trillion rupees ($18.2 billion), as businesses founded by some of Asia’s richest men, including Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, competed for rights that might define who dominates the digital era. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of telecom, spoke to reporters in New Delhi. The auction, which is expected to end on Wednesday, will probably bring in a record amount of money.


The results of the last 5g auction and details about the top bidder will be made public on Wednesday. According to the minister, the ultra-fast 5G services are anticipated to begin in a few Indian cities by September or October after the government plans to distribute spectrum to cellular carriers by August 15.

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In order to control inflation and lower the budget deficit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration would benefit greatly financially from the sale of the airwaves. A local rating firm, ICRA Ltd., forecast in June that the sale of airwaves might bring in up to 1.1 trillion rupees.


While surprise entrant Adani Data Networks Ltd.’s bids will be closely scrutinised as competitors try to map out its telecom ambitions, despite the fact that it stated that it was only purchasing airwaves to build a private 5G network, Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. paid the highest pre-auction deposit, indicating that it will be the most aggressive bidder.

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Other bids include Bharti Airtel Ltd., a joint venture between Vodafone Business Plc and Kumar Mangalam Birla’s group, and Vodafone Idea Ltd., smaller rivals of Reliance Jio backed by billionaire Sunil Mittal.


It’s an interesting contest because the most recent auction was the first time Adani and Ambani-led businesses have competed for the same asset. Ambani revolutionised an industry that he has dominated since 2016. Now, Adani is entering it.

For a 20-year lease, India is offering 72 gigatonnes of airwaves in frequency bands ranging from 600 megahertz to 26 gigatonnes. In an effort to catch up to countries like South Korea and China that have had 5G networks for some time, it also relaxed payment terms for cellular companies.

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