India’s 2G Spectrum Auction Ends, Operator And Circle-Wise List of Winners

India’s auction of 2G GSM spectrum (1800 Mhz) ended today after 14 rounds, according to preliminary reports by DoT, Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor  (known as Uninor / Telewings) won 2G Spectrum in six telecom circles and Videocon won in six telecom circles. Idea Cellular won in all seven telecom circles in which it was set to lose its licence after the court order while Bharti Airtel won spectrum in one circle and Vodafone India won in 14 telecom circles.

India's 2G Spectrum Auction Ends, Operator And Circle-Wise List of Winners

Telenor – Uninor failed to get 2G a licence in Mumbai,  Kolkata and West Bengal telecom circles.  Idea Cellular, Videocon and Telenor have to win  5 MHz of spectrum, divided in blocks of 1.25 MHz each, to continue their services in 6 circles out of 13 circles where their licences were cancelled.

However, existing players  like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India whose licences were not affected by the Supreme Court order, who bid for two blocks to get extra spectrum to improve their services in respective circles.

The auction of 2G spectrum done by DoT on the orders of the Supreme Court, got a very poor response and ended after 14th rounds on the second day of bidding. Auction fetching the government just Rs. 9,407 crore, a fraction of the Rs. 40,000 crore in revenue that the government of India had hoped to get from the exercise.

Two key circles Delhi and Mumbai had no bidders; neither did Karnataka and Rajasthan. The government may put these circles on auction again later, but may have to rework prices. No Mobile Operators applied for Pan India licence, due to base price of Rs. 14,000 crore for 5 MHz of GSM spectrum in all the 22 telecom circles was too high. The DoT had planned to hold two separate auctions for airwaves used by GSM -1800 Mhz and CDMA – 800 Mhz. But the CDMA auction had to be cancelled after both bidders Videocon and Tata Teleservices (Tata Docomo) withdrawn their bids.

Operator Telecom Circles
Telewings – Telenor (Uninor) Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP- East, UP – West,
Videocon Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradedsh, UP – East, UP – West,
Idea cellular Assam, Bihar, J&K, Kolkata, North East, Orissa, Tamilnadu, West Bengal,
Airtel Assam
Vodafone India Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, North East, Orissa, Punjab, UP East, UP West, West Bengal

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prem rajan
prem rajan
April 21, 2013 4:33 pm 4:33 PM

which companies are going to be the no.1 & no.2 spectrum holder for 3G & 4G services in india

siddharth
siddharth
March 4, 2013 12:22 pm 12:22 PM

is loop mobile getting closed…

Abhijith
Abhijith
November 19, 2012 9:18 pm 9:18 PM

In Tamil Nadu aircel airtel blockage In sms . .

Saurabh
Saurabh
November 19, 2012 10:10 am 10:10 AM
@Harish, Though Spectrum made available to telcos in this auction is liberal yet companies will not be able to use it for 3G and 5MHz is very little to operate 2G Voice and Data and then for 3G data also. It’s not like CDMA where you can provide a separate line for Data without affecting the voice users. Others companies are holding atleast 11MHz of spectrum per circle in different bands and some even holding 15MHz like BSNL to facilitate all types of services like 2G Voice and Data, 3G Data etc. If we also include 20MHz of BWA available… Read more »
zeeshan
zeeshan
November 19, 2012 7:26 am 7:26 AM
Harish
Harish
November 18, 2012 6:16 pm 6:16 PM

so these auction winners will they be able to deploy 3g services in this spectrum as the license is independent of technological regulations?

Anirban Das
Anirban Das
November 18, 2012 12:56 pm 12:56 PM
Anirban Das : @Sanjay Bafna: Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!! Arun : @Anirban Das sir, in kerala airtel is not allowing to send sms to aricel no.s in kerala (i don’t know if every customers of airtel in kerala facing this problem..) kerala airtel customers Plz check it and comment on it.. Anirban Das : @ Rudradeep : Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and… Read more »
Arun
Arun
November 17, 2012 11:25 pm 11:25 PM

@Anirban Das
sir, in kerala airtel is not allowing to send sms to aricel no.s in kerala (i don’t know if every customers of airtel in kerala facing this problem..) kerala airtel customers Plz check it and comment on it..

Anirban Das
Anirban Das
November 17, 2012 10:31 pm 10:31 PM

@Sanjay Bafna: Airtel is stopping SMSs from Reliance and Aircel, and Vodafone from Loop Mumbai and TATA. Asking for 10p/sms for SMS termination to their network, forcing other network to increase their SMS tariff. Please publish article on it !!!

Dev
Dev
November 17, 2012 3:42 pm 3:42 PM

@Pranay
Totally agree with pranay…I dont think uninor will leave kolkata atleast, as it is the strongest circle of Uninor so far…..

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