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Airtel submits bids for RCom spectrum; Jio seeks deadline extension by 10 days

  • Airtel has placed conditional bid to buy spectrum of Reliance Communications while Bharti Infratel has submitted bids for mobile towers, a Bharti spokesperson said
  • Sources say a total of six bids have come for assets of Anil Ambani-led RCom on Monday

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel and private equity firm Varde Partners have submitted their bids for assets of debt-laden Reliance Communications, while Reliance Jio has sought extension of the asset sale deal deadline by another 10 days.

Airtel has placed conditional bid to buy spectrum of RCom while Bharti Infratel has submitted bids for mobile towers, a Bharti spokesperson said.

Banking sources involved in the process told PTI that a total of six bids have come for assets of Anil Ambani-led RCom on Monday.

"Six bids have come for assets of Reliance Communications. This includes bid from Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel, private equity firm Varde Partners. RCom committee of creditors is scheduled to meet on November 13, 2019 to take call on the bids opening," a banking source said.

Reliance Jio did not comment on the email query.

"The bid conditions include that the overall consideration will primarily be by way of the deferred spectrum payables to the government being passed on to us on terms and schedules applicable to such deferred payments," Bharti Airtel spokesperson said.

Apart from real assets, RCom telecom assets on sale include spectrum holding of 122 MHz which the company before insolvency proceedings had estimated to be around 14,000 crore, towers business for 7,000 crore, optical fibre network 3,000 crore and data centres worth 4,000 crore.

Sources estimate that RCom Group's total secured debt is around 33,000 crore. Lenders have submitted claim of around 49,000 crore in August.

Reliance Group companies have sued HT Media Ltd, Mint’s publisher, and nine others in the Bombay high court over a 2 October 2014 front-page story that they have disputed. HT Media is contesting the case.

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