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Telecom Spectrum Auction 2014 : All you need to know

Recently Department of Telecom (DoT) announced the auction of 1800 MHz and 900 MHz Telecom spectrum in India. All together there were 8 telecom services providing companies showed their Interest viz. TataDocomo, Uninor, Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Airtel, Aircel, Idea and Vodafone. Except TataDocomo all other companies won few numbers of Spectrum in their desired telecom Circle and Frequency.

What was Auctioned out?

This Auction of spectrum was online and Government decided to to sell out 46 MHz in the 900 MHz band and 403.2 MHz in the 1,800 MHz band. Winners will get a 20 years licence of the won spectrum. Auction is not carried out for complete spectrum it is carried out on the basis of number of Blocks. A block in 1800 MHz is of 200 kHz while in 900 MHz band 1 block is of 1 MHz.

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Telecom Spectrum Auction 2014

How much was sold out?

A total 7 companies all together grabbed 307.2 MHz of 1800 MHz band and all 46 MHz of 900 MHz band. Airtel grabbed highest number of 1800 MHz band with 97 MHz and Vodafone grabbed half i.e. 23 MHz of 900 MHz band.

Circle wise list of Telecom Spectrum auction 2014 Winners

Telecom Spectrum auction 2014 Winners (1800 MHz)

Andhra Pradesh

Company Amount of Band (MHz) Amount  in Cr. 
Airtel.  8.80  1434.40
Idea  6.00  978.00
Reliance Jio.  5.80  945
Uninor  1.40  228.20
RCom
Aircel
Vodafone  0.60  97.80

 

Assam

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel
Idea
RCom.  —
Aircel  —
R. Jio  5.40  195
Uninor  6.00  216.60
Vodafone

 

Bihar

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  2.20  94.82
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Delhi

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  7.00  2548.00
Idea  0.60  218.40
Reliance Jio.  5.40  1966
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  8.00  2912.00

 

Gujarat

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  1.60  380.48
Reliance Jio.  6.00  1427.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  4.40  1046.32

 

Haryana

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  6  162.00
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  2.40  64.80

 

Himachal P.

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  10.20  61.20
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Jammu and Kashmir

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  2.60  15.86
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  1.80  10.98

 

Karnataka

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  8.80  1364.00
Idea  5.00  775.00
Reliance Jio. 5.00  775.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  5.00  775.00

 

Kerala

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.00  260.00
Idea  10.00  520.00
Reliance Jio.  5.00  260.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  7.00  364.00

 

Kolkata

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.00  365.00
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  5.00  365.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  8.00  584.00

 

Madhya p. & Chhattisgarh

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.80  292.32
Idea  7.00  352.80
Reliance Jio.  6.40  323.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Maharashtra & Goa

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  9.00  2613.15
Reliance Jio.  5.00  1452.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Mumbai

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  6.00  1632.00
Idea  2.00  544.00
Reliance Jio.  6.60  1795.00
Uninor  —
RCom  0.60  163.20
Aircel  —
Vodafone  8.20  2230.40

 

North East

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  7.00  49.00
Idea  5.00  35.00
Reliance Jio.  6.40  45.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  1.80  12.60
Vodafone  —

 

Orissa

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.00  80.00
Idea
Reliance Jio.  5.00  80.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Punjab

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  8.20  442.80
Idea  8.00  432.00
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  0.60  32.40

 

Rajasthan

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  8.20  213.20
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  1.60  41.60
Vodafone  0.80  20.80

 

Tamil Nadu

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.00  1040.00
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  6.20  1290.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

Uttar Pradesh East

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  1.80  115.20
RCom  —
Aircel  1.80  115.20
Vodafone  4.00  256.00

 

Uttar p. West & Uttarakhand

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  —
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  —
Uninor  2.00  189.9
RCom  —
Aircel  —
Vodafone  —

 

West Bengal

Company Amount of Band Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  4.40  108.24
Idea  —
Reliance Jio.  5.60  138.00
Uninor  —
RCom  —
Aircel  1.20  29.52
Vodafone  —

 

Telecom Spectrum auction 2014 Winners (900 MHz)

 

Delhi

Company Amount of Band (MHz) Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  6.00  4445.76
Idea  5.00  3704.80
Vodafone  5.00  3705.00

 

Kolkata

Company Amount of Band (MHz) Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  7.00  1362.41
Idea  —
Vodafone  7.00  1362.00

 

Mumbai

Company Amount of Band (MHz) Amount in Cr. 
Airtel  5.00  2815.45
Idea  —
Vodafone  11.00  6194.00

 

Loop Mobile didn’t take part in Auction that mean they will soon sell out their mobile spectrum and customers to someone else. Its a bad news for the Loop lovers but they may enjoy even more if Loop will be picked up by a national player like Airtel. More over Tata Docomo also won zero band block so it is rumoring out in Market that they can sell over their all services to Vodafone.

Uninor won blocks for Assam which means now they will provide their service in Assam circle also.

Reliance Jio Infocomm made bid for 1800MHz only which somehow means that they have no plan to provide Voice services over the Bands they won.

Reliance Communications came out as low player they only won 0.6 MHz band of 1800 Mhz in Mumbai circle. No other Block came in their hand.

A total cost of 61162.22 Cr will be paid by the telecom companies who won the spectrum.

Though all the blocks of 900 MHz band was sold out but 20% of 1800 MHz band Blocks are still unsold, government yet to decide what to do with those Blocks. It is believed that Applications will be invited for such band Blocks and they will be sold out on Average cost of last successful bid.

Factors like introduction of 4G, retention of licences and aggressive entry played a great role in price hike of Blocks. The result of price hike may be the increase in tariffs as company can earn profit mainly in two ways ie. by increasing customers or by increasing tariffs. Tariffs of Airtel and Vodafone are already on higher slot if they again hiked them it would be sad news for many of the users.

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