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What the telcos, stakeholders & others are saying about 2016 spectrum auctions

India’s 2016 spectrum auctions concluded last week after 5 days and 31 rounds of bidding. Several participating operators have issued statements explaining what and how they plan to use the newly acquired spectrum. Note that only 965 MHz of the total 2,354.55 MHz of spectrum was sold, which is around 40%. Select quotes from various stakeholders and analysts (more in the links): On 700 Mhz, pricing and re-auction: - Telecom minister Manoj Sinha: “If their financial situation is not good, and they can’t buy it now, what is the guarantee that they will be able to if we do another auction immediately”. More at TechCircle. - Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Airtel: "We missed out on 700 MHz band on very high pricing and hopes government to look into it”, Mittal told ET NOW, adding that the company wasn't interested in the premium 700 MHz band…

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