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Indian MNOs cling on tight, predicting end of price wars within a year

The Indian operators remain in turmoil, urging regulator TRAI to postpone the country’s first 5G auction until they can get their 4G return on investment, their overall finances, and their competitive response to newcomer Reliance Jio, all sorted out. In fact, TRAI last week extended the deadlines for responses to its consultation on the next auction by two weeks, making it unlikely the sale will be held this year. It will be a multiband auction including some spectrum which is likely to be used, by some MNOs at least, for early 5G. But the operators fear that RJio would seize the opportunity to strengthen its own spectrum hand and disrupt the mobile business further than it has already done with…

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