Telecom stocks today fell up to 4 per cent after the government fixed a higher base price for 3G spectrum auction at Rs 3,705 crore per mega hertz. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
Shares of Idea Cellular fell by 3.92 per cent to end at Rs 159.50 on the BSE. During the day, the stock lost 4.48 per cent to Rs 158.55. Also Read - Airtel launches new Rs 456 prepaid plan: Check data, validity, call and other benefits
Bharti Airtel fell by 2.8 per cent to Rs 363.25 before settling marginally higher at Rs 375.15 in an overall strong market. Also Read - Fake WhatsApp message claims free internet for three months, don't fall for it
Reliance Communications dropped 1.13 per cent to settle at Rs 78.75 on BSE.
Eyeing a record-high spectrum sale of Rs 1 lakh crore, the government yesterday fixed the base price for 3G auction at Rs 3,705 crore per mega hertz. Government would garner an estimated Rs 17,000 crore from the 3G band.
Along with the spectrum in 2,100 MHz band, which is used to offer 3G services, the government will also offer second generation or 2G mobile airwaves in three different bands in an auction scheduled for March 4.
The base price suggested by the Telecom Commission is around 11 per cent higher than what telecom firms paid for in the 2010 auction.
It is also 36 per cent higher than sectoral regulator TRAI’s recommendation of Rs 2,720 crore per Mhz.