At the end of Day 18, which saw 6 new rounds of bidding, the total bids increased to over Rs 1,09,000 crore, up from Rs 1,05,000 crore on Day 17. The Department of Telecom informed that the 900 MHz and 800 MHz band continued to witness brisk bidding, and about 89% of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders. However, unlike Day 17 there was no excess demand for spectrum in any of the four spectrum bands on Day 18 (pdf), which was a first for the entire duration of the 2015 spectrum auctions that commenced on March 4. Though there was no excess demand, the Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Uttar Pradesh (West) telecom circles attracted heavy bids in the 900 MHz band. In the 1800 MHz band, North East, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh (East) circles saw robust bidding. Bidding…
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