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Auctions 2016 Day 4: Bids worth Rs 63,500 Cr placed after 23 rounds



The Department of telecom received bids worth Rs 63,500 crore after the telecom auctions concluded on the fourth day. Telcos placed bids worth Rs 2,500 crore on 4th day, compared to Rs 4000 crore on the 3rd day, signaling a slowdown after 23 rounds of bidding. More than 950 MHz of spectrum has been allocated till now. This means that 40% of the spectrum has been allocated after 4 days of auctions.

Note that a total of 2,354.55 megahertz of spectrum across 7 different bands is being auctioned off in this year, which is 5 times more than what government sold in 2015—418.05 MHz of spectrum. The premium 700 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum saw no takers for a 4th day in a row. Most bids were placed on the 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz band. Following is a detailed report of each band, which includes the amount of spectrum sold, rise in prices, most active circles, etc.

800 MHz

After 23 rounds, telcos have placed bids worth 15 MHz for the 800 MHz band; a quantum of 73.75 MHz of spectrum is avail be for auctioning under this band.  The band received bids in just 2 circles on the 4th day out of the 19 circles it is available in. Like yesterday, bids continued to be concentrated in Rajasthan circle, followed by Punjab.

Rajasthan circle had the highest increment in prices on the 4th day for the 800MHz band, which stood at Rs 285 cr after 23 rounds of bidding. This is a 11% rise from the initial reserve price of Rs 255 cr. Punjab circle saw an increase of 8% from original reserve price, which stood at Rs 161 on the 4th day.

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1800 MHz

This band remained most active for the 4th day in a row. After 23 rounds of auctions, telcos have placed bids worth 150.6 MHz for the band. A quantum of 219.6 MHz of the 1800 MHz band is available for this year’s auctions. Like yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir circle received the most amount of bids, closely followed by West Bengal and Assam circles. Around 18 circles received bids after 23 rounds of auctions; the band is available in 21 circles.

On the 4th day of spectrum auctions, 2 circles witnessed an increase in prices under the 1800MHz, while 4 other circles were sold on higher rates:
-Mumbai circle’s prices went up by 56% after 23 rounds of bidding to Rs 93.13 cr
-UP (East) saw increment of 11% on 4th day
-UP (West) continues to be sold at a 4% higher rate of Rs 25.61 cr on 4th day
-Haryana circle’s also continues to be sold at 4% higher rates on 4th day
-Kolkata’s prices remained high at Rs 30.23 Cr on 4th day
-Prices in Rajasthan remained at a higher rate of Rs 18.38 Cr on 4th day

2100 MHz

Telcos have placed bids worth 75 MHz of spectrum under the 2100 MHz band; a quantum of 360 MHz is available for sale. Out of the 22 circles, bids were places on 11 circles after 17 rounds of auctions. Just like yesterday, Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and UP (East) circle witnessed the highest demand. No price rise was recorded for a 4th day in a row under the band.

2300 MHz

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This band received bids in 5 circles after 23 rounds of bidding. This includes Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. The amount of bids on 4th day totaled to 50 MHz; a quantum of 320 MHz is put up for auctions.

Spectrum in Gujarat circle continued to be sold at a 56% higher rate of Rs 611.88 cr on the 4th day. Kerala circle was also sold at a 9% higher rate of Rs 175.67 cr, while spectrum in Maharashtra circle was sold at an 8% higher rate on the 4th day.

2500 MHz

The band received a significant response on the 4th day, making it the second most active band after the 1800 MHz band. Telcos have placed bids worth 100 MHz after 23 rounds; the band has a quantum of 300 MHz put up for sale. Bids were placed in 13 circles, out of the 22 circles it is available in. Circles including Gujarat and Maharashtra saw the highest demand under the 2500 MHz band. Prices in Kerala circle went up by a marginal Rs 8 lakhs after 23 rounds of bidding, taking the final price to Rs 160.8 Cr on 4th day.


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