Airtel submit bids for RCom spectrum; Reliance Jio seeks deadline extension

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Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel and private equity firm Varde Partners have submitted their bids for the assets of debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom), even as Reliance Jio has sought an extension of another 10 days in the deadline for asset sale deal.


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


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

"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 Rs 14,000 crore, towers business for Rs 7,000 crore, optical fibre network Rs 3,000 crore and data centres worth Rs 4,000 crore.


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

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