The 2016 spectrum auctions concluded today after 31 rounds of bidding. Total value of bids at end were Rs 65,789 crore, instead of the Rs 5,60,000 crore expected by the government, based on the reserve prices set by the TRAI in late January. Only 965 MHz of the total 2,354.55 MHz of spectrum was sold, which is around 40%. Telecom Operator-wise results (no updates from Aircel, Tata Docomo, and RCOM, and Vodafone and Idea have given limited information) 1. Reliance Jio: acquired 269.2 MHz of spectrum across the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and the 2300 MHz band, paying Rs 13,672 crore. The details: 800 MHz - Paid a total of Rs 3,623 crore for 15.00 MHz of the 800 MHz band. - acquired this spectrum across circles including Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh (East). 1800 MHz - Acquired 39.60 MHz of the 1800 Mhz band, and paid Rs 2,145 crore. - bought his spectrum across 8 of the 21 circles it was available in. - Bought the most amount of 1800 MHz spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir, around 10.00 MHz. 2300 MHz - bought 160 MHz of the 2300 MHz band for a total of Rs 7,895 crore. - Interestingly, it bought the 2300 MHz spectrum across all 16 circles it was available in. 2. Bharti Airtel: has acquired 173.8 Mhz of spectrum across the 1800, 2100, 2300 MHz bands for a total amount of Rs 14,244 crore. 2300 Mhz - 130 MHz of the 2300 MHz spectrum for Rs 7000 Crore. This was it costliest spectrum…
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