by Riddhi Mukherjee & Nikhil Pahwa

After 19 days and 115 rounds of bidding, India’s 2015 spectrum auction across 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands has concluded. The results are provisional, and subject to government approval. The Indian government has managed to raise Rs 1,09,874 crore from the sale of 418.05 MHz of spectrum. The top five circles – Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka – accounted for 52% of the bids. (Also Read: India’s 2015 Spectrum Auction Results: What The Telecom Operators Are Saying)

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Telecom Operator-wise results

Airtel

– Has won 900 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, North East, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, and West Bengal circles.
– Only telco to win 900 MHz spectrum in Assam, Bihar and North East circles.
– Won 60.20 MHz of 900 MHz spectrum for Rs 22254.87 crore
– Most expensive 900 MHz spectrum: Rs 6126.75 crore for Andhra Pradesh
– Max spectrum won in 900 MHz band: 10 MHz in Punjab

– Won 15.40 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 1041.82 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 6 circles: Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kolkata, North East, Odisha and Punjab
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in Odisha (6.2 MHz), followed by 3.4 MHz in Haryana
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: kolkata at Rs 298.20 crore

– Won 35 MHz of spectrum in the 2100 MHz band for Rs 5833.51 crore
– In 2100 MHz, won spectrum in 7 circles: Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh (East)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Tamil Nadu at Rs 1720 crore

– Total spectrum: 111.6 MHz for Rs 29,130.2 crore

Vodafone

– Has won 900 MHz spectrum in Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, UP (East) and West Bengal circles
– Only telco to win 900 MHz spectrum in UP (East) circle
– Won 42.80 MHz of 900 MHz spectrum for Rs 21234.82 crore
– Most expensive 900 MHz spectrum: Rs 4535.36 crore for Rajasthan
– Max spectrum won in 900 MHz band: 6.40 MHz each in Kerala and Rajasthan

– Won 5.60 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 1020.99 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 3 circles: Gujarat, Kerala and UP (East)
– Only telco to win 1800 MHz spectrum in Gujarat and Kerala circles
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in Gujarat (3.40 MHz)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Gujarat at Rs 809.20 crore

– Won 30 MHz of spectrum in the 2100 MHz band for Rs 3703.93 crore
– In 2100 MHz, won spectrum in 6 circles: Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, North East, Rajasthan and UP (West)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Karnataka at Rs 1642.36 crore

– Total spectrum: 78.4 MHz for Rs 25,810 crore
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Idea Cellular

– Has won 900 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and UP (West)
– Only telco to win 900 MHz spectrum in UP (West) circle
– Won 54 MHz of 900 MHz spectrum for Rs 27,640.10 crore
– Most expensive 900 MHz spectrum: Rs 6957 crore for Maharashtra
– Max spectrum won in 900 MHz band: 9 MHz in Maharashtra, followed by 7.40 MHz in Madhya Pradesh

– Won 20.40 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 2088.91 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 6 circles: Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, North East, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and UP (West)
– Only telco to win 1800 MHz spectrum in UP (West) circle
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in Tamil Nadu (6.40 MHz)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Tamil Nadu at Rs 1440 crore

– Won 5 MHz of spectrum in the 2100 MHz band for Rs 577.97 crore
– In 2100 MHz, won spectrum in just one circle: Kolkata

– Total spectrum: 79.4 MHz for Rs 30,100 crore

Reliance Communications

– Has won 900 MHz spectrum in Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
– Won 10 MHz of 900 MHz spectrum for Rs 1834.75 crore
– Most expensive 900 MHz spectrum: Rs 1547.50 crore for Madhya Pradesh
– Max spectrum won in 900 MHz band: 5 MHz each in both HP and MP

– Won 23.37 MHz of spectrum in the 800 MHz band for Rs 1991.62 crore
– In 800 MHz, won spectrum in 10 circles: Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata, North East, Odisha, Punjab, UP (West) and West Bengal
– Only telco to win 800 MHz spectrum in Gujarat, Kolkata, Punjab, UP (West) and West Bengal circles
– Max 800 MHz spectrum won in North East (5 MHz) and Assam (4.92 MHz)
– Most expensive 800 MHz spectrum: Gujarat at Rs 694 crore

– Won 11.80 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 402.06 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 5 circles: Haryana, Karnataka, North East, Odisha and Punjab
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in North East and Odisha: 5 MHz each
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Odisha at Rs 165.50 crore

– Total spectrum: 55.17 MHz for Rs 4,299 crore

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Reliance Jio Infocomm

– Has won 800 MHz spectrum in Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, North East, Odisha and UP (East)
Only telco to win 800 MHz spectrum in Bihar, MP and UP (East) circles.
– Won 43.05 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum for Rs 7735.02 crore
– Most expensive 800 MHz spectrum: Rs 3637.48 crore for Mumbai
– Max spectrum won in 800 MHz band: 4.92 MHz each in Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, North East and Odisha

– Won 28 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 2201.11 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 6 circles: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and UP (East)
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in Rajasthan (10 MHz)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Kolkata at Rs 745.50 crore

– Total spectrum: 71.05 MHz for Rs 9936.13 crore

Tata Teleservices

– Has won 800 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Mumbai
Only telco to win 800 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra circles.
– Won 11.07 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum for Rs 7220.05 crore
– Most expensive 800 MHz spectrum: Rs 2272.44 crore for Andhra Pradesh
– Max spectrum won in 800 MHz band: 3.69 MHz in Andhra Pradesh, followed by 2.46 MHz in Mumbai

– Won 12.60 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 2881.28 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum in 2 circles: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
– Max 1800 MHz spectrum won in Tamil Nadu (10 MHz)
– Most expensive 1800 MHz spectrum: Tamil Nadu at Rs 2250 crore

– Total spectrum: 23.67 MHz for Rs 10101.33

– Note that Tata Teleservices had been disqualified from bidding for new spectrum as they had shown negative net worth of Rs 7,192.60 crore. Tata Teleservices, which also operates Tata Docomo, couldn’t bid in three service areas, namely Assam, North East and Jammu and Kashmir. It also couldn’t bid in the remaining service areas where it didn’t not have spectrum.

Aircel

– Won 6 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 1350 crore
– In 1800 MHz, won spectrum only in Tamil Nadu

– Note that Aircel had been disqualified from bidding for new spectrum as they had shown negative net worth of Rs 6,668.61 crore. The telco was disqualified from bidding in such bands where it does not have spectrum in that service area.

Uninor

– Has not won spectrum in any telecom circle across all four bands.

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Circle-wise results

Maharashtra

– Most expensive circle at Rs 105 crore per block for 900 MHz and generated the most revenue: Rs 10822 crore for 14 MHz spectrum.
– In 900 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Idea and Vodafone
– In 800 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Tata Teleservices
– In 2100 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Airtel
– Overall, Maharashtra circle generated the maximum revenue at Rs 14,325.54 crore

Andhra Pradesh

– Second most expensive circle at Rs 91.8 crore per block for 900 MHz band
– Generated Rs 12,725.58 crore for 21.50 MHz spectrum.
– In 900 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Airtel and Idea
– In 800 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Tata Teleservices
– In 1800 MHz band, spectrum acquired by Airtel and Tata Teleservices

Rajasthan

– 12.40 MHz sold in 900 MHz band for Rs 8787.26 crore
– 10 MHz sold in 1800 MHz band for Rs 727.50 crore
– In 2100 MHz band, 5 MHz sold for Rs 699.12 crore
– In 900 MHz, spectrum acquired by Airtel and Vodafone
– In 1800 MHz, spectrum acquired by Reliance Jio
– Vodafone acquired 2100 MHz spectrum

Gujarat

– Third most expensive circle at Rs 84.8 crore per block in 900 MHz band
– Generated Rs 10,196.56 crore for 21.9 MHz of spectrum
– In 900 MHz, spectrum acquired by Idea and Vodafone
– In 1800 MHz, spectrum acquired by Vodafone
– In 800 MHz, spectrum acquired by Reliance Communications
– In 2100 MHz, spectrum acquired by Airtel

Karnataka

– Third most expensive circle at Rs 37 crore per block in 1800 MHz band
– Generated Rs 9631.86 crore for 20.4 MHz of spectrum
– In 900 MHz, spectrum acquired by Airtel and Idea
– In 1800 MHz, spectrum acquired by Idea and Reliance Communications
– In 2100 MHz, spectrum acquired by Vodafone

Note: This article has been edited to better explain the data.