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Airtel completes TDN takeover, TRAI opens consultation for spectrum auction

30 Aug 2017

India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers Bharti Airtel has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of fixed-wireless broadband provider Tikona Digital Networks (TDN), although the transfer of spectrum rights in the Rajasthan are awaiting approval from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Airtel agreed to buy TDN’s 4G business in March this year for approximately INR16 billion (USD250 million) with a view to acquiring its 2300MHz spectrum in five circles (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East and Uttar Pradesh West). Prior to the deal, TDN transferred its non-4G business and spectrum to Tikona Infinet Limited (TIL), via which it previously served the corporate and enterprise segments.

In a related development, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a public consultation paper on proposals for the next spectrum auction. The tender is requesting feedback on its plans to offer up frequencies in the following bands by 27 September: 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz, 3300MHz-3400MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz.

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