Auction for 3G Spectrum (2100 Mhz) After New Government Takes Charge : TRAI

India’s telecom regulator TRAI today said that the next 3G spectrum in 2100 Mhz band be auctioned by June 2014 and should be made available immediately after the new government takes charge.

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TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar said “you should be planning now what you are going to do in next 3-4 years from now. One is get 2100 Mhz out by June, 2014 and the moment the new government takes charge, auction it”

Mr Khullar also said that aggressive bidding in the ongoing GSM spectrum (900Mhz and 1800Mhz band) auction may be because of the reason that mobile service providers are not sure when will they have next set of spectrum available for commercial use.

The last Auction of Spectrum in 2100Mhz band for 3G service was happened in May, 2010

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  • idea88 February 13, 2014 9:48 am

    @yogesh, esmail . i am using 3g handset if i used Vodafone 2g pack then it will forward me HUSPA?? automatically? i saw in samsung mobile my friend who using 2g pack n he getting huspa speed. how can i t possible??? explain ..

    • Chakri June 28, 2014 12:51 pm

      Vodafone offering for old customers of Hutch to use 3g speed on 2g recharge, even me also a old Hutch customer i am using 3g speed on 2g pack.

  • idea88 February 12, 2014 10:30 pm

    @yogesh how the speed of mtnl mumbai 3G im mumbai? Rs.99 pack for new or old customers?? and rs.95 of Vodafone is also foe new customers???? reply. @ esmail hiw mtnl 3g spped in Mumbai?

    • Yogesh February 12, 2014 11:37 pm

      Mumbai 3G: Vodafone good.; MTNL: Average, use for browse. n both for old users too. U can use 2G: of Tata or aircel, loop .

  • Muhawid P B February 12, 2014 8:31 pm

    How is the current auction is going? When will it get to an end?

  • Yogesh February 12, 2014 7:58 pm

    Mumbai 3G:Mtnl-99/500MB ; 250/1.3GB ; 299/2.5GB. My dad use rs 99 pack. N u can use it in rest of maharashtra on bsnl n/w. BSNL 3g good in MH. Else reliance : 156/1GB. Vodafone good n/w : 250/1GB ; 95 /300MB , my sister use vodafone 95.

  • idea88 February 12, 2014 5:27 pm

    @esmail which operator have good coverage and good cheap plan p.m. for 3G in mumbai???. amybody help. thanks

  • Vinayak Pai February 12, 2014 4:49 pm

    @Esmail @Saurabh
    Thanks for taking time out and explaining the actual difficulty in implementing 3G on 900Mhz and 1800Mhz. I was actually waiting for the spectrum results this time to decide whether to port out or stay with Vodafone (Vodafone does not have 3G in Karnataka). So I understand that this auction has nothing in store for me.

    THanks once again

  • Chandra Sekhar Mandal February 12, 2014 12:40 pm

    Even after 4 years of auction of 2100 Mhz band, there is very poor coverage of 3G in many places. Often we get only one or two bars in 3G mode but full signal in 2G mode.

  • Vinayak Pai February 12, 2014 8:14 am

    Even though the 2100Mhz is called as 3G spectrum, now that licenses have been made technology neutral and companies are allowed to adopt any technology in deploying the spectrum with them, can we assume that a 2G operator who acquires spectrum in the current auctions can use the same for 3G without actually having to wait for the so called 3G auctions????

    • Esmail February 12, 2014 11:33 am

      Out of the two frequency bands put up for auctions currently in progress, only the 900Mhz band is capable of being used for 3G but that spectrum is very expensive and a company would rather use it for voice than 3G, the more abundant and cheaper 1800Mhz is not suitable for 3G services, so it’s unlikely we will see any new 3G operators in a circle they don’t currently have. So let’s wait for June and see if we get to witness another big auction in 2014.

    • Saurabh February 12, 2014 12:43 pm

      @Vinayak Pai,

      The ecosystem developed around the world don’t allow this. Things are set from long time in which 900/1800 MHz is used for voice and 2G data. 2100 MHz for 3G. So the handsets in the market are according to this. Now things are changing as 1800 MHz is developed to be usable for LTE services. But still it is inefficient to carry large chunk of data at higher speeds. So LTE is also offered on 2300 or 2600 MHz which have lower coverage but can carry higher amounts of data at higher speeds.

      As per your question, 900/1800 MHz being auctioned or auctioned in Nov 2012 is technology neutral and can be used for providing any technology but we don’t have ecosystem that allows companies to do so. If a company starts providing 3G on 900 MHz then they won’t get many users as users will have to invest in new handsets that allows 3G access on 900 MHz. Nearly 85% of the smartphones in India don’t support 3G on 900 MHz. So it will not be a good option. It is possible only after 3-5 years from now as handsets these days allow 3G on 900 but until then LTE will takeover on 1800/2300. So companies will kept 900 for voice and 2G data only. :)

  • Esmail February 11, 2014 10:55 pm

    They have 3 blocks of 5MHz each in 2100MHz band to put up for auction, and one block of 5MHz in 1700MHz AWS band as well which they should auction with the 2100MHz band. There is just enough spectrum available for Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Aircel, Tata docomo and Reliance to all become PAN India 3G operators, but that is provided Jio and Uninor stay away from the bidding or if they do then they should bid for the AWS band but that is not supported by most 3G quad band handsets in the market.

  • shuvi February 11, 2014 9:28 pm

    y to have 3g when 4g is on the way. if rjio got pan india 1800 they can use it on lte 4g nd cheep prices then 3g cannt servive…

  • Yogesh Sarvade February 11, 2014 9:02 pm

    Idea gain 8mn users via mnp , but stop special data offers to me :-( . But now no problem with tata gsm : docomo n virgin mobile too since last 3 days:-) . Rate cutter 6rs/30days n browse @ 2p/100 KB. Airtel special offer for my no : rs25/750MB.

  • Amit Kumar February 11, 2014 8:56 pm

    Is TRAI advizing service providers , by making it public that the next bidding in 2100 Mhz band would take place very soon, to not to bid aggressively ????? Hasn’t the present bidding vindicated CAG’s loss figures that 2G scam was based on actual market potential and it was not a mere assumption. 2G “ZERO” (sic) loss is now Rs. 58,332 crore windfall and the show is still going on. Jai Ho

  • imahesh February 11, 2014 8:37 pm

    by selling spectrum govt. Want new operator should enter in market.

    • Saurabh February 11, 2014 8:53 pm

      We will not see a new operator entering Indian market in next 10 years. There will be stake buying, mergers and acquisitions of already established players but no player will be there who makes a fresh start. Reliance Jio is the last one now who will have a fresh start and I’m not expecting anybody from India or foreign player to come to India to have a fresh start. The 2008 spectrum saga has made foreign investors too cautious now on India and nobody will take a risk to have a fresh start here. In 2008, many tried to enter as spectrum was available too cheaply for 20 years but now it’s not that cheap. At current spectrum prices a company can take 5-7 years to break-even (investment cost recovery) while at 2008 prices it happened in just 1 year for spectrum and 2 years for infra.

      >>>>>>>>>by selling spectrum govt. Want new operator should enter in market. <<<<<<

      The next round of 3G auction won't bring new players but the existing ones who don't have Pan-India license will look to it. Actually there is no Pan-India 3G license holder than BSNL in India who is like zabardasti ka Pan-India operator.

  • imahesh February 11, 2014 8:29 pm

    last 2100 Mhz for 3g services sold in May 2010 but still 3g services are not properly implemented.

    • Max February 11, 2014 8:57 pm

      Thats why they are actioning another spectrum so that till 2018, will get the coverage of 2010 auctioned spectrum

      He he he????????????????????