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India’s 2016 Spectrum Auction Results: Which Telco Won What

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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.

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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 band for this year’s auctions.
– It bought the 2300 MHz spectrum in 13 circles out of the 16 circles it was available in.
– The costliest circle was Mumbai, for Rs 1460 crore.

1800 MHz
– It also won a total of 18.80 MHz of the 1800 MHZ spectrum for Rs 2396 crore.
– Out of the 21 circles, Airtel acquired spectrum in 8 circles for the 1800 MHz band.
– The costliest circle was Maharashtra where it paid Rs 1590 crore for 5.00 MHz of the 1800 Mhz spectrum.

2100 MHz
– It also acquired 25.00 MHz of the 2100 MHz spectrum for Rs 4840 crore.
– It bought 2100 MHz spectrum across 5 different circles out of the 22 circles it was available in.
– Its costliest circle was Delhi where it paid Rs 2770 crore for 5.00 MHz of the 2100 MHz spectrum.


Idea Cellular

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– acquired 349.2 MHz of spectrum for a total of Rs 12,798 crore.
– bought 2 blocks of 74.6 MHz (2x 74.6 MHz) spectrum across 1800 MHz, 1800 MHz,
– bought around 200 MHz of spectrum across the 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.
– bought spectrum across 9 new service areas including Uttar Pradesh (West), Uttar Pradesh (East), Gujarat, Bihar & Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Mumbai, West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir.


– bought spectrum worth Rs 20,280 crore.
– bought 2 blocks of 82.6 MHz (2×82.6 MHz) of the 1800 MHz band.
– bought 200 MHz of spectrum across both 2100 MHz band and the 2500 MHz band.

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