The Indian telecom sector appears to be buzzing with activity over the past few weeks: Selling Stake Unitech has announced that the battle for partnering for its telecom venture - Unitech Wireless, and has been narrowed down to just two global candidates. The deal will be finalized within the next 2 months. Interestingly, McKinsey has been appointed for planning Unitech's rollout. Some readers will remember that McKinsey has been involved with telecom business planning before, but...they have had issues with collecting their dues. Unitech will roll out telecom services early next year, and plans to hire 500 execs. The company has already received spectrum for 5 circles. Swan Telecom is also in talks for selling percent stake - Business Standard puts the amount being quoted for 26 percent at $470 million, at a valuation of $2.2 billion (including debt). Business Standard quotes Swan Telecom MD Shahid U Balwa, saying that they'll have decided by the end of August, and are in talks with one European, and two West Asian telecom companies. Swan has licences for 13 circles, and is reportedly looking to use BSNLs infrastructure for a rollout. Internal Battles Datacom appears to be having internal issues - Business Standard reports that the Dhoots have offered to buy out Mahendra Nahata's 36 percent stake (held via Jumbo Techno Services) in the new telecom operator, which has a license to operate in all 22 circles. Now Datacom's story is an interesting one - when it got the license, Nahata's Jumbo Techno…
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