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COAI-Trai tussle to impact spectrum auctions

Vodafone and Idea are expected to be key participants in these auctions, as Bharti Airtel has spruced up its spectrum portfolio already

Malini Bhupta  |  Mumbai 

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The ongoing tussle between the incumbent telecom operators and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) could put at risk the fate of upcoming spectrum auctions and the government's revenue projections.

With Trai proposing to review the interconnect charge regime, telecom operators will find it hard to bid for spectrum as they will no longer be able to make revenue projections and bid for spectrum. Interconnect charges account for Rs 20,000 crore of the industry's revenues and if this revenue stream ceases to exist, then each of the big three — Airtel, Vodafone and Idea ...

First Published: Thu, August 11 2016. 00:50 IST
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