FDI in telecom jumps manifold to $1.5b in Apr-May

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After registering a huge decline in the recent past, foreign direct investment in the telecom sector grew manifold to $ 1.5 billion in the first two-months of the 2014-15 fiscal.

In 2013-14, the sector has received total FDI of $ 1.3 billion.

FDI in the telecom sector, which includes radio paging, cellular mobile, basic telephone services, attracted only $ 9 million during April-May period of the last fiscal, as per the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

"Payment of spectrum auction, hike in stake by Vodafone in its Indian unit, investments in network rollout are few of the factors which I believe have helped in attracting FDI in telecom sector," GSM industry body COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said.

The companies that have won 4G spectrum in 2010 would soon start investing in the country to rollout their networks.

In 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10, the sector attracted FDI worth $ 1.99 billion, $ 1.66 billion and $ 2.55 billion respectively.

Increase in the foreign investment inflows in the sector helped the overall FDI, which increased by 34 per cent to $ 5.30 billion during April-May.

Other sectors that received large FDI inflows during the first two months of the current fiscal include services ($ 574 billion), Pharmaceuticals ($ 680 million) and power ($ 147 million).

During the period, India received maximum FDI from Mauritius ($ 2.28 billion), Singapore ($ 982 million), the UK ($ 545 million) and Japan ($ 319 million).

The inflows had aggregated to $ 24.29 billion in 2013- 14, as against $ 22.42 billion in 2012-13.

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