Auction 2014: List of Winners in 1800 MHz and 900MHz

India’s latest spectrum auction has just ended today. The auction was crowded by 8 operators – Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Idea, Uninor (Telewing), Reliance Communications, Tata Docomo and Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Auction winners  in 1800MHz




Airtel, Idea Cellular , Reliance Jio, Uninor ( TeleWings) , Vodafone India


Reliance Jio and Uninor




Airte, Vodafone, Idea , Reliance Jio


Vodafone, Idea, Reliance jio


Idea and Vodafone




Aircel and Airtel


Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio


Idea, Vodafone Airtel, Reliance Jio


Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance Jio


Idea, Reliance Jio, Airtel


Idea and Reliance Jio


Aircel, Airtel, Vodafone

Tamil Nadu

Reliance Jio and Airtel


Vodafone, Uninor, Aircel



West Bengal

Aircel, Airtel, Reliance jio


Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communications


Airtel, Idea, Vodafone


Airtel and Reliance Jio


Airtel, Aircel, Reliance Iio and Idea

Winners of 900 MHz




Airtel, Vodafone, Idea


Vodafone and Airtel


Airtel and Vodafone

Apart from Tata Docomo all other 7 operators won some spectrum as their need and money to invest. Reliance Communications has won spectrum on 1800Mhz band in Mumbai circle only. Airtel and Reliance Jio won 1800Mhz spectrum in 14 circles each, where Vodafone and Idea grabbed same band spectrum in 11 circles each. Uninor and Aircel spend their money on buying spectrum in 5 circles each. Uninor is to enter in a new circle – Assam.

Many predicted that pan-India BWA operator Jio may bid aggressively for 900Mhz band, but however they skip it and go for 1800Mhz, that too in 14 circles only. Incumbent players – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea retained their 900Mhz band spectrum in metro circles. Loop did not take part in the auction, therefore soon they will be winding up services and Mumbaikars should start searching for new operator to port in.



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  • Sandeep Sharma February 15, 2014 10:31 pm

    Can AirTel now provide 3G services in Madhya Pradesh? please reply fast.
    Thank You.

  • firstonnet February 15, 2014 9:17 pm

    Mumbai BMC (MCGM) strict against to issue NOC for mobile cellsite towers……Corruption ka aur ek door….Hahahaha

  • ravi February 15, 2014 6:00 pm

    could someone tell me if all of 1800 spectrum got auctioned in Karnataka? Thanks.

  • tanmoy February 15, 2014 1:57 pm

    Airtel has won 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz in kolkata circle. Does it means it can now provide 3G service and add new 3G customer ?

  • Souradip February 15, 2014 11:35 am

    ya its a top story one of my friend told me that tata may be selling as there is a rumor he is working in tata docomo.
    There is another rumor if i am wrong please correct me that bsnl may become a private company or may be sold.

  • idea88 February 15, 2014 10:01 am

    @esmil R Jio wil take over the towers of loop mobile or may buy it completely. even Airtel so interested bucuse lot of people on postpaid plans. around 30% with postoaid thats why Airtel interested in mumbai. but can airtel possible to continue loop service after airtel takeover as loop license date is nov 2014. what u say esmail???

  • Surendra Salgaonkar February 15, 2014 6:21 am

    Everyone talking about everything, but no one talking about LoopMobile. It just in mumbai only? How many custormer it has? Is someone going to buy it? What is the future of both??? Please answer.

    • Esmail February 15, 2014 8:34 am

      It is almost certain that Loop will be bought out by Airtel, since Airtel won 5MHz of spectrum in 900MHz band in Mumbai and it currently only has towers of 1800MHz band and it will need Loop’s towers which suppoort 900MHz, also it will get a large chunk of users along with the deal. So if you are a loop subscriber you will soon be shifted from purple to red :P

  • Vijay February 15, 2014 12:57 am

    Can anyone please say so now how many networks going to provide 3g service in KARNATAKA?????????

  • karandeep singh February 14, 2014 10:58 pm

    @saurabh please clarify …. which operator has more 3g spectrum in punjab?

    • Saurabh February 15, 2014 11:18 am

      @Karandeep Singh,

      Veeray I have stated clearly that only Aircel, BSNL, Idea, Reliance and Tata Docomo has 3G license in Punjab. When 3G auctions happened in 2010 there were total of 5 licenses in Punjab and these companies got the license.

      Airtel and Vodafone failed to outbid so didn’t got license. Now they have two options available with them either buyout a company that holds 3G spectrum like Aircel or Tata Docomo or participate in future 3G auction to get license.

  • venkat February 14, 2014 10:32 pm

    @sourabh…. Please clarify… In Ap Vodafone got 600khz as u said… Can they provide 3g or 4g using this spectrum???.. I mean that spectrum is enough or not… Coz in ap no 3g licence for Vodafone… Thanks in advance

  • Neeraj February 14, 2014 10:03 pm

    3g to chalta nahi 4g kahan se chalega reliance ka???

  • krish February 14, 2014 10:01 pm

    what about bsnl guys ? on which band bsnl is given license?

    • sand February 14, 2014 11:12 pm

      well BSNL as always live in the past.They returned the BWA spectrum they had.Though BSNL tariffs have now turned affordable but they are really short sighted.A well though tout 4g plan at affordable cost and better service could woo customers away from BSNL.

      • Kaushik Roy February 15, 2014 9:20 pm

        BSNL Kolkata stated that additional 300 BTS will be added in kolkata circle within next few months
        So far no difference in noticed in BSNL coverage and quality in kolkata

  • shuvi February 14, 2014 8:56 pm

    bad to see jio 1800 not in kashmir as given service on band 40 means thin signl. n on top of that my iphone 5s is a1533 so no band 40 so said..

  • sAm February 14, 2014 8:33 pm

    What will happen to the unsold spectrum now??

    • imahesh February 14, 2014 9:06 pm

      Trai ke pass application dekar le sakte hai. Price average of current bidding.

  • kamalakanta Pradhan February 14, 2014 8:31 pm

    The best thing is Airtel got 5Mhz Spectrum in Odisha such that it can launch 4G soon (Hopefully). As non of the biggies have 3G licence in Odisha.

  • Sanjeev February 14, 2014 8:21 pm

    Thanks RDB for uploading detailed chart as well!!!

  • krs February 14, 2014 8:10 pm

    What about for our PSU’s (BSNL&MTNL).Have any future..!

  • Shabir Ahmad February 14, 2014 3:23 pm

    Uninor Did Not Win For J&K? ….. So Sad

    • RDB February 14, 2014 11:28 pm

      in J&K there are some issues on prepaid mobile and Uninor offers only prepaid, so they will never go for J&K in near future.

  • Linto February 14, 2014 3:03 pm

    Ideas and Vodafones 900Mhz licenses of kerala are expiring at 12-dec-2015. lets see the competition then, so now they are holding 1800mhz as a backup plan…

  • Saurabh February 14, 2014 2:00 pm

    Circle-wise Data for 2014 auctions-

    Results for 900 MHz band-

    Delhi Circle- Total Spectrum- 16 MHz (All sold)- Airtel- 6 MHz, Vodafone/Idea- 5MHz, Winning Bid- Rs.740.96 crores per MHz.

    Mumbai Circle- Total Spectrum- 16MHz (All sold)- Vodafone- 11 MHz, Airtel- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- 563.09 crores per MHz.

    Kolkata Circle- Total Spectrum- 14MHz (All sold)- Vodafone- 7 MHz, Airtel- 7MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 194.63 crores per MHz.

    Results for 1800 MHz band-

    Andhra Pradesh- Total Spectrum- 22.60 MHz (All sold)- Airtel- 8.8 MHz, Idea- 6 MHz, RJio- 5.8MHz, Uninor/Telewings- 1.4 MHz, Vodafone- 600 KHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 32.60 crores per 200KHz.

    Assam- Total Spectrum- 11.40 MHz (All sold)- RJio- 5.4 MHz, Uninor/Telewings- 6MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 7.22 crores per 200 KHz.

    Bihar- Total Spectrum- 4.20 MHz (Sold- 2.20 MHz, Unsold- 2 MHz)- Uninor/Telewings- 2.2 MHz, Winning Bid- 8.62 crores per 200 KHz.

    Delhi- Total Spectrum- 22.80 MHz (Sold- 21.00 MHz, Unsold- 1.8 MHz)- RJio- 5.4 MHz, Airtel- 7 MHz, Vodafone- 8 MHz, Idea- 600 KHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 72.80 crores per 200 KHz.

    Gujarat- Total Spectrum- 12.00 MHz (All sold)- RJio- 6 MHz, Vodafone- 4.4 MHz, Idea- 1.6 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 47.56 crores per 200 KHz.

    Haryana- Total Spectrum- 16.40 MHz (Sold- 8.4 MHz, Unsold- 8 MHz), Idea- 6 MHz, Vodafone- 2.4 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 5.40 crores per 200 KHz.

    Himachal Pradesh- Total Spectrum- 22.40 MHz (Sold- 10.2 MHz, Unsold- 12.2 MHz), Airtel- 10.2 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs.1.20 crores per 200 KHz.

    Jammu & Kashmir- Total Spectrum- 6.20 MHz (Sold- 4.4 MHz, Unsold- 1.8 MHz), Aircel- 1.8 MHz, Airtel- 2.6 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 1.22 crores per 200 KHz.

    Karnataka- Total Spectrum- 24.60 MHz (Sold- 23.8 MHz, Unsold- 0.6 MHz), Airtel- 8.8 MHz, Vodafone- 5 MHz, RJio- 5MHz, Idea- 5 MHz Winning Bid- Rs. 31.00 crores per 200 KHz.

    Kerala- Total Spectrum- 28.00 MHz (Sold- 27.00 MHz, Unsold- 1.00 MHz), Idea- 10 MHz, Vodafone- 7 MHz, Airtel- 5 MHz, RJio- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 10.40 crores per 200 KHz.

    Kolkata- Total Spectrum- 26.80 MHz (Sold- 18.00 MHz, Unsold- 8.8 MHz), Vodafone- 8 MHz Airtel- 5 MHz, RJio- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs.14.60 crores per 200 KHz.

    Madhya Pradesh incl. Chattisgarh- Total Spectrum- 19.20 MHz (Sold- 18.00 MHz, Unsold- 8.8 MHz), Vodafone- 8 MHz Airtel- 5 MHz, RJio- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs.10.08 crores per 200 KHz.

    Maharashtra incl. Goa- Total Spectrum- 14.00 MHz (All Sold), Idea- 9 MHz, RJio- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs.58.07 crores per 200 KHz.

    Mumbai- Total Spectrum- 25.20 MHz (Sold- 23.40 MHz, Unsold- 1.80 MHz), Vodafone- 8.2 MHz Airtel- 6 MHz, RJio- 6.6 MHz, Idea- 2 MHz, RCom- 600 KHz Winning Bid- Rs. 54.40 crores per 200 KHz.

    North East- Total Spectrum- 26.80 MHz (Sold- 20.20 MHz, Unsold- 6.60 MHz), Airtel- 7 MHz, Idea- 5 MHz, RJio- 6.4 MHz, Aircel- 1.8 MHz Winning Bid- Rs. 1.40 crores per 200 KHz.

    Orrisa/Odisha- Total Spectrum- 28.00 MHz (Sold- 10 MHz, Unsold- 18.00 MHz), Airtel- 5 MHz, RJio- 5 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 3.20 crores per 200 KHz.

    Punjab- Total Spectrum- 18.40 MHz (Sold- 16.80 MHz, Unsold- 1.60 MHz), Airtel- 8.2 MHz, Idea- 8 MHz, Vodafone- 600 KHz Winning Bid- Rs. 10.80 crores per 200 KHz.

    Rajasthan- Total Spectrum- 20.80 MHz (Sold- 10.60 MHz, Unsold- 10.20 MHz), Airtel- 8.2 MHz, Aircel- 1.6 MHz, Vodafone- 800 KHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 5.20 crores per 200 KHz.

    Tamil Nadu- Total Spectrum- 30.20 MHz (Sold- 11.20 MHz, Unsold- 20.00 MHz), Airtel- 5 MHz, RJio- 6.2 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 41.60 crores per 200 KHz.

    Uttar Pradesh (East)- Total Spectrum- 9.80 MHz (Sold- 7.60 MHz, Unsold- 2.20 MHz), Vodafone- 4 MHz, Uninor/Telewings- 1.8 MHz, Aircel- 1.8 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 12.80 crores per 200 KHz.

    Uttar Pradesh (West)- Total Spectrum- 2.40 MHz (Sold- 2.00 MHz, Unsold- 0.40 MHz), Uninor/Telewings- 2 MHz, Winning Bid- Rs. 18.99 crores per 200 KHz.

    West Bengal- Total Spectrum- 13.00 MHz (Sold- 11.20 MHz, Unsold- 1.80 MHz), Airtel- 4.4 MHz, RJio- 5.6 MHz, Aircel- 1.2 MHz Winning Bid- Rs. 4.92 crores per 200 KHz.

    • Amit Kumar Das (Kolkata) February 14, 2014 3:18 pm

      You have done a very nice job by providing these details.

      What do you think, what will happen to the unsold spectrum.

      • adil February 15, 2014 12:48 am

        @amit kumar das in next auction unsold spectrum may be used as top up


        @saurabh pls erectify sold/unsold/total spectrum of madhya pradesh.
        thanks for your post… :-)

  • Bapi February 14, 2014 11:24 am

    Hi there,
    Could some make it clear about Kolkata 4G scenario (on mobiles)? Is Reliance Jio (RJI) launching 4G (mobile) in Kolkata soon or they would wear the same shoes (of 4G as modem)? In case RJI launches 4G for mobiles in kolkata, would they use 2G(@1800MHz) ?

    Btw, any news about Vodafone launching 4G(mobile) in kolkata?

    Eager to get things cleared!!!

  • Kaushik Roy February 14, 2014 11:15 am

    Vodafone wins 11 blocks in Mumbai for 900 Mhz and airtel 5 blocks
    Idea should also have bided for Mumbai 900 Mhz and win few blocks like Delhi 900 Mhz
    Price per block for 900 Mhz band is almost 200 crore less in Mumbai than Delhi
    So its a loss for Idea and win for Vodafone in Mumbai

  • imahesh February 14, 2014 11:05 am

    Bhai log kam se kam 6 mahine kuch bhi launch naahi hoga 3G ya 4G
    tab tak 5p/sec ya 2Rs/min call rate chalu hoga.

  • BHAGWANT SINGH February 14, 2014 10:55 am

    when is airtel 3g turn in punjab waiting for airtel 3g in punjab waiting and waiting

    • Saurabh February 14, 2014 11:27 am

      @Bhagwant Singh,

      Airtel can’t launch 3G in Punjab as they don’t have 3G license there. Only Idea, BSNL, Tata, Aircel and Reliance have license in Punjab circle. So you can’t get 3G on Airtel network. In case Aircel and Tata sell their licenses, Airtel can buy it and then you can have 3G.

      Idea has license which they bought in 2010 auctions but due to a court case they were unable to launch 3G there but now it is solved and you can expect Idea 3G in next few months. :)

      • karandeep singh February 14, 2014 12:24 pm

        I am waiting for idea 3g in punjab. aircel 3g and reliance 3g are useless.

        • bhagwant singh February 14, 2014 12:45 pm

          sahi bat ha yr tata aircel and reliance are useless waiting for idea 3g and june mein hone wale auction kya pta airtel bid for 3g in punjab

  • Soumen Ghosh February 14, 2014 10:35 am

    Is Reliance Jio gives the 2G/3G service in kolkata?

  • Soumen Ghosh February 14, 2014 10:31 am

    Is Reliance Jio gives the 2G service in kolkata?

  • Saurabh February 14, 2014 9:59 am

    Vodafone had taken 2.5MHz in 1800 MHz band in Haryana circle in Nov, 2012 auctions and now 2.4 MHz taking total to 4.9 MHz and this can be used for LTE-FDD now. They already have 3G here so it’s on them to launch LTE using this spectrum in future. :) But Idea really brought smile to my face by getting 6 MHz. :)

  • Chandra Sekhar Mandal February 14, 2014 9:40 am


  • samrat February 14, 2014 9:23 am

    In delhi, !dea cellular has a tie up with Vodafone for its 3g operations. Now tht they have got their own independent 900mhz of spectrum for delhi. Am desperately waiting for their own 3g services to get start in delhi circle. Coz as far as !dea is concerned this is the only operator in india which is very serious & aggressive interms of expanding their 2g or 3g towers. Thank you !dea for bagging the precious 900mhz spectrum in delhi.

  • krish February 14, 2014 8:58 am

    does that mean uninor can launch 3g or 4g in andhra pradesh?

  • shubham February 14, 2014 8:45 am

    Hey jio did not get spectrum in bihar. It means that they are not going to launch 4g here. Quiet disappointed. Plz reply.

  • subham(kolkata) February 14, 2014 8:03 am

    Is airtel to going to resume its 3g service on 900MHz in kolkata circle?? will anyone please confirm?

    • kamalakanta Pradhan February 14, 2014 8:36 pm

      Very less chance. :(

  • Akhil Mohan February 14, 2014 7:35 am

    So the picture is somewhat clear now for KERALA circle.

    Idea and Vodafone will offer LTE on 1800 MHz. Very good news because Idea has good reputation in rolling out 3G services. So 4G coverage on 1800 MHz will be better. Voda cannot lag behind because they will have strong competition from Idea.
    As for Jio and Airtel Dont know what their plans are with 1800MHz.
    Can Jio offer LTE through 1800 and exist as a pure 4G opearator. I guess not . and 1800 is not suitable for 3G. So they may use it for 2G as a backup to its 4G in 2300 MHz.

    Airtel now giving 2G in 1800. May be they will jump straight from 2G to 4G.

    Anyway best news is Idea getting 4G in 1800MHz. So atlest there will be 4G coverage everywhere in kerala.

    • Muhawid P B February 15, 2014 8:38 pm

      All the top 4 gsm biggies will launch 4g in kerala.

      Vodafone and idea already said they will launch 4g FD LTE in kerala on 1800mhz band.

      Airtel and jio will provide 4g services through both bands:FD LTE ON 1800 AND TD LTE ON they will become dual band 4g operator in kerala.

      Jio will also provide voice services in kerala to support their 4g offering.
      Jio will also provide a pocket wifi router at an affordable price to use their 4g over wifi in our existing 2g/3g smartphones.

  • Aashu February 14, 2014 7:19 am

    No 4g operators for up west

  • arun kumar February 14, 2014 6:55 am

    airtel already holding 1800 mhz in kerala nw additional 10 mhz in 1800.. whats the total spectrum of airtel in kerala circle

  • awadhesh kumar February 14, 2014 6:36 am

    reliance jio up east me kyon nahi

  • manu February 14, 2014 6:27 am

    what about idea cellular 900 mhz spectrum in kerala…….

  • Aryan February 14, 2014 1:46 am

    If someone can help, I have Vodafone and Docomo numbers in Madhya Pradesh and both haven’t won any auction. Does it means I have to port out to someone else now? Thanks.

    • Sanjeev February 14, 2014 8:03 am

      No, You don’t need to port out from Docomo or Vodafone because their license will expire in 2029.

    • Xyz February 14, 2014 8:23 am

      @ Aryan
      what is the valadity of lieance vodafone and docomo in mp if i am not wrong it is not expering in 2014(as i have heard from my friend)

    • Saurabh February 14, 2014 9:55 am

      @Aryan, Don’t worry. None of them are going anywhere. This auction was for fresh and top up spectrum. As Vodafone and Tata didn’t want more spectrum in MP, they didn’t bid but it doesn’t mean they will shut down operations. They will continue with their current license and quota of spectrum they already have.

    • XkabirX February 14, 2014 10:30 am

      No. You don’t have to port out.

  • Esmail February 14, 2014 1:16 am

    Now that the auctions are over, we can look forward to big Mergers and acquisitions, Loop Mobile will be bought over by Airtel, Videocon telecom will be bought by Jio and Tata docomo will be bought by Vodafone, bringing some consolidation in the telecom sector.
    If Jio buys Videocon, it will get spectrum in additional 5 circles, taking it up to 19 circles.

    • DEWANG February 17, 2014 4:34 pm

      will vodafone buyout whole of tatas telecom (TATACOMM TTSL TTML) loss making companies…..tatas are asking too much for the deal….? Docomo can either stay with tatas or exit after 28 march as per their agreement …can u plz reply

      • SS February 17, 2014 5:19 pm

        If M&A norms are clear then vodafone will have a great chance of getting much more in less cost as the company is loss making. Vodafone’s main target is its 3G spectrum and its subscriber base. Nothing else.

  • Abhay February 14, 2014 12:47 am

    What the hell this is No Airtel FD-LTE (1800MHz) 4G for assam..??

  • mohan February 14, 2014 12:46 am

    Now get prepared for raise in tariff that you have never witnessed.Good that aircel didn’t win in AP.They just wasted 2G & 3G spectrum sitting idle.Sad to see AVOID but expecting much from JIO & Uninor.

    @RB: What is 1800 MHz and 900MHz…I mean which one is 2G & which one is 3G/4G?

  • himangshu February 14, 2014 12:33 am

    . welcome to Assam Uninor….

  • prathap February 14, 2014 12:32 am

    please say base tariff is 5p/sec or 10p/sec ?

    • Sreenivasa Reddy February 14, 2014 11:31 am

      Would be 5p/sec