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Sistema To Bid For The 800 MHz Bandwidth Despite Steep Spectrum Price

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Sistema Shyam, the only CDMA operator in India, says the starting price for the 800 MHz bandwidth in the upcoming auction is steep and it has no choice but to bid for it as the base price may only get pushed up later because the spectrum can also be used to offer 4G services.

“Prices of spectrum will only go up in future auctions and other players could be keen to take contiguous spectrum,” said a senior Sistema Shyam executive, who did not want to be identified, indicating the necessity for Sistema to acquire spectrum in the auction scheduled to start March 4.

For a single pan-India unit of airwaves in the 800 MHz band, the government has set a price of Rs 3,646 crore, which is higher than the price in the 1800 MHz band and slightly lower than in the 900 MHz band, both typically used by GSM carriers. There may be competition for Sistema this time as the 800 MHz band can also be used by GSM players to offer faster data services. Original post ET Telecom

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