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Hard bargaining ahead for Reliance Jio, RCom

Jio needs support of lower frequency bands such as 800 Mhz or 1800 Mhz to roll out pan India 4G services

Analysts see hard bargaining in Reliance Jio-RCom spectrum trading deal talks

Telecom sector analysts said the recent central government decision on easing of norms to share or trade under-utilised spectrum could make Reliance Jio go for hard bargaining with potential seller Reliance Communications (RCom). For, the rules have made spectrum trading costlier. An operator may now share or trade its under-utilised spectrum obtained via auction. For radio waves allocated before the auction process began, companies would have to pay the government a market-linked price to make it tradable, a process known as ‘liberalisation’. RCom would have to pay the ...