24 June, 2021

Spectrum For A Song?

Airwave rights are a frontier territory and rules are still evolving. Meanwhile, sundry players make a killing. It's a 60,000-cr loss.

Spectrum For A Song?

"Underpricing should have a clear purpose... but if the intention is to make money, it is questionable."

Mahesh Uppal, telecom expert 

"Why should spectrum be given at rates set by the government... this provides scope for corruption."

S. Gurumurthy, convener, SJM

"Our apprehensions have been established. The two deals have uncovered the current market price"

Nilotpal Basu, CPI (M)

"If auction route was taken, not many would go for pan-India rights and government may have got less revenue."

Prashant Singhal, Ernst & Young

"If anyone has a problem over how spectrum was allotted, they can go to the telecom tribunal."

Manish Tewari, Cong spokesman


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