Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ two leading telecommunications companies – Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom – fired up the country’s first cell sites utilizing the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum over the weekend.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.
Bangkok Post — Policymakers are being urged to allocate more spectrum for mobile to meet rising bandwidth demand and support development of new wireless services in the data-driven digital economy. “The unused 2600- and 2300-megahertz spectra should be reallocated for wireless broadband service to serve skyrocketing mobile data traffic growth,” said Bunyati Kirdniyom, head of regulatory affairs at Ericsson (Thailand).
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The inter-ministerial panel telecom commission will take up for discussion, at its meeting scheduled for April 30, the plans for upcoming spectrum auction. According to official sources, the meeting, to be chaired by telecom secretary JS Deepak on April 30, will discuss spectrum base price, usage charge and other modalities related to the next round of spectrum auction.
Telecom Asia — The Pakistani government has decided to hold an auction for 850-MHz spectrum before a separate auction for the 1800-MHz band. Durung a high-level meeting chaired by finance minister Ishaq Dar, the government reviewed spectrum demand and a market assessment report prepared by international consultants, The Nation reported.
Telecom Asia — Thailand’s military junta has overruled the telecoms regulator for the 900-MHz auction, bringing it up one month to May 27, curtailing public debate on and possibly allowing TrueMove in for another chance to claim the entire 900-MHz band. The opening bid will be Jasmine’s winning bid of $2.1 billion (75.65 billion Baht). Jasmine failed to secure payment and defaulted, giving rise to the need for a new auction.
ZDNet — While telecom companies have been expressing concern over the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendations in fixing reserve price for over 2000 MHz — to be auctioned in the coming months — the Department of Telecommunications has decided to slash spectrum usage charges from 5 percent to 3 percent of gross revenues on spectrum acquired in the ensuing auction.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Shares of Bharti Airtel today surged by over 4% after the company announced that it will acquire rights to use 4G spectrum of Aircel in eight telecom circles for Rs 3,500 crore. The stock was trading at Rs 348.50 on BSE, up 4.24% from the previous close. On NSE, the shares were trading at 347.20, a rise of 3.77%.
Telecom Asia — Rumors that Jas Mobile has given up on securing funding for its 900-MHz auction have been given credence by a story in the Bangkok Post that said CEO Pete Bodharamik had given up and wants the regulator to simply seize the auction deposit and be done with it. The story quotes a series of anonymous sources stating that Pete’s father, former Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik, wants his son to continue the fight to launch a new mobile service to compliment its fixed-line broadband network.
Myanmar Times — Multinational telcos Telenor and Ooredoo have raised concerns that selling more spectrum before the completion of a roadmap charting its allocation would be hasty. But Redlink vice chair and co-founder U Thein Than Toe said both operators have gone live in the Myanmar market without the finalisation of certain rules – and that these international firms want to keep challengers down.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Based on the provisions in the Budget, brokerage firm Credit Suisse has estimated that the government may get Rs 50,000 crore in next spectrum auction planned to be held in 2016-17. Union Budget 2016-17 has more than doubled receipt provision from communication services to Rs 98,994.93 crore. This is about 75% compared with the amount it actually received in current fiscal from the telecom ministry.
Telecom Asia — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will auction a total of 235 MHz of more spectrum for mobile services. The framework for the allocation of spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and IMT-Advanced services was announced on Thursday. The government agency also said it will facilitate the entry of a new mobile network operator (MNO), but will make sure that there is sufficient spectrum for existing players and providers.
Telecom Asia — Philippine operators PLDT and Globe are making another attempt to convince the government to reallocate a portion of the 700-MHz band to them, instead of leaving the entire band under the control of San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The operators have filed a request with the Philippine Competition Commission to probe SMC’s control over the band, arguing that it is anti-competitive, the Standard reported.
Myanmar Times — Myanmar telecoms companies have been waiting for more spectrum – but an announcement about an upcoming auction has raised concerns, as there is no finalised plan for how it will be managed. The government released a draft version of its Spectrum Roadmap early this month, at nearly the same time it posted information about a potential plan to auction 140 megahertz of spectrum in a channel known as the 2600MHz band.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is making available a total of 235 MHz of spectrum for mobile services. The framework for the allocation of spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and IMT-Advanced services was announced on Thursday. The government agency also said it will facilitate the entry of a new mobile network operator (MNO), but will make sure that there is sufficient spectrum for existing players and providers.
Digital News Asia — The past one week has been a rollercoaster ride for Malaysian mobile operators, and the signs are that it will be a while before this ride ends. About a week ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in a review of the national Budget 2016, announced plans to optimise government income by reallocating telecommunications radio spectrums and making operators bid for them.
Telecom Asia — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission have revealed plans to reallocate spectrum in the 900-MHz and 1800-MHz bands among four players by August this year. The regulator will assign spectrum in the two bands to Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile for an upfront fee.