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Satellite services is not competing with mobile services

Spectrum allocation for satellite services came up as a dominant theme at the launch of 36 communication satellites by OneWeb, a Bharti group venture, here on October 23.

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, was speaking to some journalists on the sidelines of the OneWeb event, that coincided with his 65th birthday.
He reiterated that spectrum auction did not make sense in the case of satellite services. “This (satellite services) is not competing with mobile services where you can justify the auction. Something should come out, which works, otherwise India will potentially miss out on satellite services,’’ Mittal said, adding that cannot be the intention.

“Satellite spectrum has been kept aside. How they (government) will allocate it needs to be seen — whether it is through administrative allocation or through auction. If auctioned, it cannot be on the lines of what we saw in terrestrial because the business case is very small. You cannot have 1000 Mhz at Rs 7,000 crore to serve two 15- acre spots in the country,” Mittal said.

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