Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has launched Rs. The company on Wednesday said Rs 8,312.4 crore to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for spectrum received in the recently concluded 5G auctions.
Along with the payment, Airtel has made advance payment of four years of 2022 spectrum dues.
Airtel said it believes it will allow advance payments, moratorium on spectrum dues and AGR (adjusted gross revenue) related payments for four years, freeing up future cash flows and allowing Airtel to dedicate resources. will allow us to focus on 5G. roll out.
Telecom tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal’s Bharti Airtel made a successful bid of Rs. 43,039.63 crore.
“This 4-year upfront payment allows us to drive the 5G rollout in a solid manner given our operating free cash flows. Airtel has access to Rs 15,740.5 crore in capital from the rights issue, which is yet to be called.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said in the statement, “With the ideal spectrum bank, state-of-the-art technology and ample free cash flow, we are excited to bring a world-class 5G experience to the country.”
The company had the option to pay Rs. 3,848.88 crore in advance and the balance in 19 annual instalments.
In the country’s biggest ever auction of telecom spectrum, a record Rs. 1.5 lakh crore bid, in which Mukesh Ambani’s Jio took nearly half the airwaves in total for Rs. 87,946.93 crore bid.
In the past one year, Airtel said it has launched Rs. 24,333.7 crore of its deferred spectrum liabilities, much ahead of the stipulated maturity.