At the end of day 6 of spectrum auctions, which witnessed 6 rounds of bidding, over 83% of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders at a value of approximately Rs 92,200 crore, according to the Department of Telecom (DoT0, reports PTI. As of now 37 rounds of bidding have been completed.
The report also mentioned that there was a shift of activity from the 900 MHz band to the 1800 MHz and 800 Mhz bands, possibly because during the current spectrum auctions telcos are allowed to forgo bids made in earlier rounds for a particular band for spectrum in another band, if it’s financially beneficial and helps in spectrum management. However, it’s worth noting that based on the DoT’s Day 6 report (pdf) there wasn’t much activity in the 800 MHz band, with excess demand for spectrum only in the Assam and Punjab circles. In fact, on Day 5 (pdf) there had been excess demand in the Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and North-East circles for spectrum in the 800 MHz band.
The 1800 MHz band saw a lot of bidding, especially in Kolkata and Tamil Nadu telecom circles. The circles with lower value spectrum such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, North East and Odisha attracted a lot of bids. Bidding in the 900 MHz band has stabilized, with excess demand only in Assam, Punjab and Rajasthan circles.
103.75MHz in the 800MHz band, 177.8MHz in the 900MHz band, 99.2MHz in the 1,800MHz band and 85MHz in the 2,100MHz band are up for bidding during the current spectrum auctions. The eight telcos that qualified for the auction include Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Telewings, Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio.
Mobile licenses for 9 telecom circles of Idea, 7 circles each of Vodafone and Reliance Communications and 6 circles of Airtel and up for renewal in 2015-16, and hence there was fervent bidding for spectrum in the 900 MHz band during the initial days of the auction.