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Telecommunications Report India 1st Quarter

  • ID: 4480379
  • Report
  • February 2019
  • Region: India
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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India's telecommunications industry continues to face the brunt of years of regulatory mismanagement, rapidly rising infrastructure costs and ongoing price wars. Its mobile market is the world's second-largest by the number of connections, but is crowded, debt-laden and hampered by spectrum costs.

The industry's debt is estimated at Rs7.7trn (US$112bn), according to the Indian Banks' Association, and it owes about Rs3trn to the government in spectrum payments. As interim relief, in March 2018 the government increased spectrum ownership caps to 35% of the total from the previous 25% limit; it also extended the period for spectrum payments to 16 years from 12 years. Intense competition, high capital expenditure and spectrum costs, rupee depreciation, and higher diesel prices have combined to keep debt levels high.

In October 2016 the government auctioned 700-2,500-MHz bands, of which 60% went unsold. It is proceeding with plans delayed from 2017 to re-auction the unsold spectrum, along with bands in the 3,300-3,600 MHz range for 5G use. In August 2018 the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) suggested reducing spectrum reserve prices sharply and published recommendations on auctioning the 3,300-3,600 MHz range. However, operators remain divided over auction timing and spectrum pricing.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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Telecommunications Report India 1st Quarter

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