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Updated: Reliance Industries Buys 95% In BWA Auction Winner Infotel; To Invest Rs. 4800 Cr

Our BWA Auction Results coverage brought to you by One97 Communications. Lets Get Talking! Update: DNA has a detailed perspective of a discussion that RIL held with analysts on Saturday. Some points of note: - RIL intends to deploy WiMAX, and then graduate services to LTE when it matures in two years. - As expected, what Reliance Infocomm did for Telecom - substantially bring down prices and make mobile 'mass', is what RIL plans to do in broadband - go mass, not niche. - RIL said it paid $0.06 per user per MHz for acquiring spectrum, compared with $0.32 per user per MHz paid by 3G winners. It plans to invest Rs. 18,000-20,000 Crore over the next year to roll out services Much more at DNA Unexpectedly, RIL will also not look to buy, reports Financial Express. This is unexpected, and it indicates that RIL's focus will be primarily on the data business. Remember that RIL has a distinct advantage in terms of the amount of spectrum that it has across India as well - 20 MHz; The recent TRAI recommendations have sought to limit 2G spectrum per telecom operator to 6.2MHz, and charge for spectrum over and above that; 3G spectrum has been bought for 5MHz each. As expected, RIL will look to use passive infrastructure, including that of RCOM. Remember that most telecom companies have hived off infrastructure companies as independent units to allow infrastructure sharing. Business Standard reports that Manoj Modi, a director in Reliance Retail, will…

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