Idea, Airtel, Vodafone and others win spectrum as auction raises Rs. 1.10 lakh crore

2015 Spectrum Winners

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has announced the winners in the spectrum auctions in various circles that ended after 115 rounds. At the end of the auction for 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz government got bids worth Rs 1.098 lakh crore. Idea Cellular bid a maximum of Rs. 30,306.98 crore, Airtel bid Rs. 29,130.20 crore and Vodafone bid Rs. 29,959.74 crore to buy spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands.

Reliance Jio bid for Rs. 10,077.53 crore and Reliance Communication bid for Rs. 4,299.13 crore to buy spectrum in 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. Tata Teleservices bid Rs. 7,851.33 crore to buy spectrum in 800 MHz and 1800 MHz and Aircel bid for Rs.2,250 crore for spectrum in 1800 MHz band in Tamil Nadu.

Idea Cellular said that it will further expand its 3G Services to 13 circles covering 80% of its overall revenue and enable 4G roll out on 1800 MHz in 10 Service Areas covering 61% of Idea’s gross revenue. The 9 MHz spectrum won in Maharashtra will enable Idea to deploy 3G services on 900 MHz (in addition to the existing 2100 MHz band), said the company. It will likely to pay Rs. 7,732 crores as upfront payment, and the remaining amount in 10 equal annual installments starting after a moratorium of 2 years.

Reliance Jio will pay upfront payment of Rs. 2,695.48 crore. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited said:

Jio’s seamless 4G services using proven multi-band LTE technology and supported by our large spectrum footprint will provide superior user experience for voice, video and data services in line with the best service providers in the world.

RCOM invested nearly 50 per cent of its total outlay on 800/850 MHz band in 11 Circles to achieve contiguous 5 MHz spectrum holding nationwide. It holds 3G and CDMA spectrum in all 7 circles, with legacy 2G spectrum expiring in Dec 2015. It has also re-acquired spectrum in 900/1800 bands in 4 of the 7 2G spectrum expiry circles. The company said that it will accelerate transition of 2G customers in remaining 3 circles to 3G before Dec 2015. It will pay upfront payment of Rs. 1,106 crore.

List of winners in 800 MHz spectrum auction circle wise

Andhra Pradesh Tata Teleservices
Assam RCOM Reliance Jio
Bihar Reliance Jio
Delhi Tata Teleservices
Gujarat RCOM
Haryana RCOM Reliance Jio Tata Teleservices
Himachal Pradesh RCOM Reliance Jio
Jammu and Kashmir RCOM Reliance Jio
Kolkata RCOM
Madhya Pradesh Reliance Jio
Maharashtra Tata Teleservices
Mumbai Reliance Jio Tata Teleservices
North East Reliance Jio
Odisha RCOM Reliance Jio
Punjab RCOM
Uttar Pradesh (East) Reliance Jio
Uttar Pradesh (West) RCOM
West Bengal RCOM


List of winners in 900 MHz spectrum auction circle wise

Andhra Pradesh Airtel Idea
Assam Airtel
Bihar Airtel
Gujarat Vodafone Idea
Haryana Vodafone Idea
Himachal Pradesh Airtel RCOM
Karnataka Airtel Idea
Kerala Idea
Madhya Pradesh Idea RCOM
Maharashtra Vodafone Idea
North East Airtel
Odisha Vodafone Airtel
Punjab Airtel Idea
Rajasthan Vodafone Airtel
Uttar Pradesh (East) Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh (West) Idea
West Bengal Vodafone Airtel


List of winners in 1800 MHz spectrum auction circle wise

Andhra Pradesh Airtel Tata Teleservices
Gujarat Vodafone
Haryana Airtel RCOM Reliance Jio
Himachal Pradesh Idea Reliance Jio
Karnataka Idea RCOM
Kerala Vodafone
Madhya Pradesh Idea RCOM
Kolkata Airtel Reliance Jio
North East Airtel Idea RCOM
Odisha Airtel Idea RCOM
Punjab Airtel RCOM
Rajasthan Reliance Jio
Tamil Nadu Aircel Idea Reliance Jio
Uttar Pradesh (East) Vodafone Reliance Jio
Uttar Pradesh (West) Idea


List of winners in 2100 MHz spectrum auction circle wise

Assam Vodafone
Gujarat Airtel
Haryana Airtel
Karnataka Vodafone
Kerala Vodafone
Kolkata Idea
Madhya Pradesh Airtel
Maharashtra Airtel
North East Vodafone
Odisha Airtel
Rajasthan Vodafone
Tamil Nadu Airtel
Uttar Pradesh (East) Airtel
Uttar Pradesh (West) Vodafone

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