New Delhi: When consolidation takes place in India’s telecom sector, there will be five or six operators left, but only three of these will make any money, said Sanjay Kapoor, chief executive officer, Asia Pacific, at the country’s largest operator Bharti Airtel Ltd.
In the long run, those with just 2G (second-generation) or 3G spectrum may find survival tough. “Generally, what we have seen is that operators with combinations of both 2G and 3G have survived in most parts of the world,” Kapoor said in an interview. Consolidation will be “largely led by the economics”.
Covering masses: Sanjay Kapoor. Priyanka Parashar / Mint
On the auction of 3G spectrum, he reiterated that his firm was forced to make some hard choices, including letting go of circles such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab.
“The belief is that we are essentially covering the critical mass that we wanted to cover.”
As no one has pan-India 3G spectrum coverage, network “sharing will be the order of the day. There is revenue to be made from sharing”.