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Here’s Why India’s $13bln Spectrum Auction Has Room For Upset

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India’s telcos are gearing up for a fight. The country’s mobile phone operators are preparing bids to renew airwaves in an auction that the government reckons could raise $13.3 billion. The worry is that rivals or new entrants may bid aggressively for additional bandwidth. An expensive auction will weigh on balance sheets.

A lot is at stake. For existing operators, failure to renew the 20-year allocations could force them to shift services onto less efficient bandwidth which could drive up their costs. Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest wireless operator by subscribers, is bidding to hang on to spectrum that supports 72 percent of its revenue, estimates CLSA. The next most exposed is number two player Vodafone with around 47 percent. India’s largest operator Bharti Airtel has expiring licences that generate 35 percent of its revenue. Click here to read the full post

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