India’s 3G Auction Ends, No Single Bidder Bid For a Pan-India 3G License

India’s auction for 3G GSM Service licence ended today with bids for pan-India licence touching Rs 16,751 crore which ensures the Government of India a revenue of Rs 67,719 crore.

The 3G auction had commenced on 9 April, 2010 and there were nine bidders in the fray for the slots of 3G spectrum on the block. The government auctioned three slots in 17 telecom service areas and four slots in the remaining five states of Punjab, Bihar, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

No single bidder bid for a pan-India 3G license so state operator BSNL would be remain the biggest 3G operator in India. Delhi circle emerged the most valuable circle at Rs.3317 crore, followed by Mumbai at Rs.3247 crore. Among the major bidders, Idea cellular paid nearly Rs.5765 cr for 11 telecom circles, while India’s largest 2G Mobile service operator Bharti Airtel paid Rs.12290 cr for 13  telecom circles, Vodafone Essar will paid Rs. 11617 crore for 9 telecom circle while Reliance Commmunication paid Rs 8583 crore for 13  telecom circles.

List of 3G Spectrum Winners -:

Pan India 3G operator / PSU 3G Operator
BSNL (except Mumbai /Delhi)Highest Bid for all circles
MTNL (Mumbai/Delhi)Highest Bid for Mumbai/Delhi circles
The  Circle wise List of 3G Spectrum Winners  (Private Operators )-:
Telecom CircleOperatorBid Amount
Delhi & NCRVodafone, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications (R GSM)Rs.3316.93 cr
MumbaiReliance Communications (R GSM), Vodafone, Bharti AirtelRs.3247.07 cr
Maharashtra & GoaTata Docomo (Tata Com), IDEA Cellular, VodafoneRs.1257.82 cr
GujaratTata Docomo (Tata Com), Vodafone, IDEA CellularRs.1076.06 cr
Andhra PradeshBharti Airtel, IDEA Cellular, AircelRs.1373.14 cr
KarnatakaTata Docomo (Tata Telecommunication) Aircel, Bharti AirtelRs.1579.91 cr
Tamil Nadu including ChennaiBharti Airtel, Vodafone, AircelRs.1464.94 cr
KolkataVodafone, Aircel, Reliance Communications (R GSM)Rs. 544.26 cr
KerelaIDEA Cellular, Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications), AircelRs.312.48 cr
PunjabIDEA Cellular, Reliance Communications, Tata Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications), AircelRs.322.01 cr
HaryanaIDEA Cellular, Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications), VodafoneRs.222.58 cr
Madhya Pradesh & ChattishgarhIDEA Cellular, Reliance Communications (R GSM), Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications)Rs.258.4 cr
RajasthanReliance Communications (R GSM), Bharti Airtel,  Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications)Rs.321 cr
U.P. (West)Bharti Airtel, IDEA Cellular, Tata Docomo (Tata Telecommunications)Rs.514 cr
U.P (East):Aircel, IDEA Cellular, VodafoneRs.364.6 cr
West Bengal and SikkimBharti Airtel, Reliance Telecom, (R GSM) Vodafone, AircelRs.123.36 cr
Himachal PradeshBharti Airtel, Stel, IDEA Cellular, Reliance GSM.Rs.37.23 cr
Bihar & JharkhandStel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance GSM, AircelRs.203.46 cr
OrissaStel, Aircel, Reliance GSMRs.96.98 cr
AssamReliance GSM, Bharti Airtel, AircelRs.41.48 cr
North EastAircel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance GSMRs.42.30 cr
Jammu & KashmirIDEA Cellular, Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Comm (R GSM)Rs. 30.30 cr


The winning telecom firms will have to deposit the money within 10 days from now. The successful bidders would be allowed to offer 3G services on a commercial basis from 1st September,2010.

State telecom operator BSNL and MTNL already received 3G spectrum outside the auction process, and launched 3G mobile services in more than 430 cities across India,but the bidding price would be determined by the auction price.

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  • SOURAV July 20, 2011 2:35 pm

    Please tell who is 4th license in orissa.I manually scanned in train i was getting Airtel 3G at Rourkela station

  • prashant June 13, 2010 2:59 pm

    tata has won bid for 3g in maharashtra so who is going to provide 3g CDMA OR GSM EXPLIAN

  • ashish May 23, 2010 10:56 am

    let MNP launch Then whole industry will be crashed due to large movements of subscriber then all the monopoly of airtel and vodafone essar will come to a end

  • aks May 23, 2010 10:56 am

    -!Gs!- :
    So, The Companies which Cant Provide 3G services.. aRe going to GIve Hard Compition 2 Others in 2G Services..

    very much true…..
    he he he…. compition… means call rates cheper….

  • -!Gs!- May 23, 2010 8:51 am

    So, The Companies which Cant Provide 3G services.. aRe going to GIve Hard Compition 2 Others in 2G Services.. :P

  • -!Gs!- May 23, 2010 8:44 am

    Etisalat didnt Get 3g licence in any circle.. Dats y only they r Giving 30 paise Local Call without any Pack…. 2G users r Happy only wd this.. ;)

  • aks May 22, 2010 12:11 pm

    we are happy that kolkata’s 3G service will be cheper then other metro city…

  • rajiev May 22, 2010 11:55 am

    @mekalwin T
    they try to grab our pocket

  • mekalwin T May 22, 2010 11:51 am

    Max :
    Now operators are crying that 3G spectrum was very costly.. infact 3G spectrum for Mumbai & delhi are costlier than london.. Now they are thinking of sharing of spectrum with others & sell spectrum to other operators in some states… 2nd round of 3G auction is going to be held on 2013 so these telecos should get ter money back withn this time or else winneres will become loosers & loosers will emerge as winners..They have taken huge amount of loan from banks for 3G…

    yes! very true

  • Max May 21, 2010 9:41 pm

    Now operators are crying that 3G spectrum was very costly.. infact 3G spectrum for Mumbai & delhi are costlier than london.. Now they are thinking of sharing of spectrum with others & sell spectrum to other operators in some states… 2nd round of 3G auction is going to be held on 2013 so these telecos should get ter money back withn this time or else winneres will become loosers & loosers will emerge as winners..They have taken huge amount of loan from banks for 3G…

  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 8:32 pm

    Guys While Purchasing 3G Sim card you must have to aware that China Mobiles Will not Support 3G Services Such that you must have to buy Branded Handsets Like Nokia, Samsung,Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

  • altaf May 21, 2010 7:45 pm

    Arjun.C :
    Will Nokia 5800 Supports UMTS System?

    Yes and it supports download speed upto 3.6mbps

  • rajiev May 21, 2010 6:36 pm

    but ideacellular strategy is average.

  • saket May 21, 2010 6:35 pm

    UPLOAD means trf of data from tower to mobile

    and download is reverse.

  • AmitS May 21, 2010 6:02 pm
  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 5:46 pm

    Will Nokia 5800 Supports UMTS System?

  • vikas May 21, 2010 4:09 pm

    Welcome Aircel in 3G World…… with your 3G MODEM..its Time To Move On!

  • AmitS May 21, 2010 2:13 pm

    @AmitS
    There is a correction for my previous comment. 1900 MHz is for uploading and 2100 MHz is for Downloading for 3g service in India.

  • Agnivo May 21, 2010 1:53 pm

    Yea, all current 3G sets can switch transparently between 2G & 3G bands if there is a signal problem or contention issue.

  • AmitS May 21, 2010 1:04 pm

    atanu :
    One thing we are not in consider that all the operator who wins the 3G license, they are allotted frequency in the 1900MHz (form 1959 MHz to 1979 MHz). So they have to install more towers to cover in all over the circle.
    900 MHz = means low investment more customer.
    1800 MHz = to get the same customer need more investment.
    And other things that if service provider using 3G then the entire customer have to 3G phone for minimum service like make a call. You can not use your 2G phone (when your 3G phone not working) because all ate 2G phone is two frequency level, 900/1800 MHz.

    Actually 1900 is for DL (downloading frequency). UL frequency will be allotted in 2100 band that is UMTS 2100.for example in delhi DL/UL frequency will be 1959-1964/2149-2154 for one operator. your 3g Sim will work on both network 2g & 3g . Its depend upon your choice you can select GSM only or UMTS only or GSM & UMTS both. in case you have 3g connection and 2g handset you will be able to use 900/1800 network depend on your operator. in those area where 3g network will not available your network will automatically changed to 2g.

  • AmitS May 21, 2010 12:45 pm

    In those circles where TATA has won 3g spectrum, people can enjoy one extra 3g service operator which is virgin mobile. for example here in UP west five operators will provide 3g- BSNL, Idea, Airtel, Tata DOCOMO & Virgin (shadow or virtual network of tata).

    • awanish July 19, 2013 10:24 am

      Which operator will work best in Vaishali Ghaziabad, Delhi&NCR category or UP West category…

  • mekalwin T May 21, 2010 11:41 am

    Idea and Aircel strategy for 3g was awesome they got their desired circles or strong hold areas at half a price from the biggies.

  • atanu May 21, 2010 11:28 am

    One thing we are not in consider that all the operator who wins the 3G license, they are allotted frequency in the 1900MHz (form 1959 MHz to 1979 MHz). So they have to install more towers to cover in all over the circle.

    900 MHz = means low investment more customer.
    1800 MHz = to get the same customer need more investment.

    And other things that if service provider using 3G then the entire customer have to 3G phone for minimum service like make a call. You can not use your 2G phone (when your 3G phone not working) because all ate 2G phone is two frequency level, 900/1800 MHz.

  • atanu May 21, 2010 10:59 am

    Syam :Airtel @ vodafone are fools. . Who loose the gods own mobile market KERALA in which 11 MOBILE operators and high competition. . . Idea, docomo and aircel are the private operators and the state owned BSNL. . . Iam now using AIRTEL. So I now switched to idea cellular the top operator in kerala. Airtel @ vodafone go to hell. . .

    u can’y say any one fool, because that Airtel also loss the kolkata circle. where they are 2nd largest among the gsm service provider. only matter of money to take the 3G licence for all circle.

  • Syam May 21, 2010 10:09 am

    Airtel @ vodafone are fools. . Who loose the gods own mobile market KERALA in which 11 MOBILE operators and high competition. . . Idea, docomo and aircel are the private operators and the state owned BSNL. . . Iam now using AIRTEL. So I now switched to idea cellular the top operator in kerala. Airtel @ vodafone go to hell. . .

  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 7:20 am

    Max :
    Wow finally Aircel won 3G in karnataka..WE will get cheapest internet tariff from aircel now… Airtel,Aircel,Docomo rocks… Idea now ur off no use in karnataka… better sell it & get lost.. ur services sucks here. We have uninor who provides class 2G services for ppl.

    Max :
    Wow finally Aircel won 3G in karnataka..WE will get cheapest internet tariff from aircel now… Airtel,Aircel,Docomo rocks… Idea now ur off no use in karnataka… better sell it & get lost.. ur services sucks here. We have uninor who provides class 2G services for ppl.

    ADD VODAFONE TOO IN THIS LIST WHO IS ALSO A WASTE ONE IN KARNATAKA

  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 7:16 am

    GUYS I’M WAITING FOR MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY TO SWITCH FROM MY BULLSHIT AIRTEL NUMBER TO AIRCEL. WHEN IT WILL LAUNCH?

  • Arjun.C May 21, 2010 6:54 am

    I’M GLAD TO SAY THAT AIRCEL HAS WON 3G LICENSE IN KARNATAKA. AIRCEL IS GIVING GREAT SPEEDS ON MY MOBILE. NOW I EXPECT AIRCEL WILL EXPANDS IT’S 2G NETWORK COMPLETELY IN KARNATAKA WITHIN JULY 10. GOOD LUCK:)

  • Prasath J May 21, 2010 3:19 am

    Now for a difference, I want to show the circles missed by the operator, in the following list:-

    AIRTEL: Mah+Goa, Gujarat, Kolkata, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, MP+CG, UP(E), Orissa
    VODAFONE: AP, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, MP+CG, Rajastan, UP(W), HP, BIH+JKnd, NE, Assam, Orissa, Kashmir
    IDEA: Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka, TN, Kolkata, Rajastan, WBengal, BIH+JKnd, NE, Assam, Orissa

    If Airtel and Vodafone joined hands, they will still miss MP+CG, Kerala and Orissa… Even if the CARTEL tried (A+V+I) they will miss ORISSA circle.. Interestingly A+V can also select Docomo, instead of Idea to accomplish the same.. They need help of S-Tel/Aircel for Orissa.. (Even if Airtel+Voda joined hands with Aircel, they can’t provide service in MP+CG).

    R_Gsm: Mah+Goa, Gujarat, AP, TN, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, UP(W), UP(E)
    Docomo: Delhi, Mumbai, AP, TN, Kolkata, WBengal, UP(E), HP, Bih+JKnd, NE, Assam, Kashmir, Orissa
    Aircel: Delhi, Mumbai, Mah+Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, MP+CG, Rajastan, UP(W), HP

    If Tata and Ambani joins, they can’t cover AP, TN, UP(E).. But if RGsm+Docomo+Aircel joined, they can cover PAN-INDIA.. Similarly with the help of Aircel, Ambani+Birla can also cover PAN-INDIA..

    FEW OBSERVATIONS:-
    1. Only IDEA has FULL-UttarPradesh (E&W) 3G coverage..
    2. Only Vodafone has 3G service in both Mumbai & Maharashtra..
    3. 3G providers in Kolkata, has also service in WestBengal, so Kolkata people need not worry..
    4. Vodafone means BUSINESS, very seriously.. They are the only one who covered all A & most B and NO C circles, almost.. If they were equally aggressive on C-s, then price of C circles also would have soared high..
    5. RGsm didn’t care about south circles at all, which obviously, helped Aircel much..
    6. RGsm is the most lucky new operator, as they either got 3G spectrum in SMALL+DENSE circles (read Metros) or in circles where they already have 900MHz 2G spectrum (So that its 3G customers will get atleast 2G signals in non-3G areas)
    7. THE BEST THING OF 3G AUCTION IS THAT, Airtel+Vodafone is NOT enough.. Either they need IDEA or Docomo to cover 21 out of 22 circles and S-Tel/Aircel for the last circle Orissa..
    8. RGsm can either join Docomo or Idea WITH Aircel to give PAN-INDIA service..
    9. Docomo needs help of RGsm + Aircel to ensure FULL 3G roaming for its customers, else they have to join Airtel+Vodafone+STel to accomplish the same..
    A. AIRCEL can NEVER be avoided by any group to give PAN-INDIA service, except by the BIG combination of Airtel+Vodafone+Idea/Docomo+STel..
    B. People, FRET NOT.. Atleast RGsm or Docomo is present in almost all (19) circles (except AP, TN, UP_E, where atleast Aircel is present)

    ============================

    Hope, this helps..

    Thanks Friends…

  • Avishek Ghosh May 21, 2010 1:18 am

    Sanjay Bafna :
    @Avishek Dear Avishek Ghosh (the second one)Kindly use the surname, it will be helpful to differentiate the people with same name.
    The comment from 1st Avishek doesn’t have any surname so we are unable to change/edit the name. By the way I will look into it as you suggested.
    Thanks!

    Thanks mate…now I post comment with my surname…..

  • Mahmood Junaid May 20, 2010 10:55 pm

    good to see aircel in kerala… they are the launchers of pocket internet in india which made data rates in india one of the lowest and made mobile internet common… expects the same from them in the 3g scenario too….

  • chughgopal May 20, 2010 10:12 pm

    Oh gosh!!!
    sad to learn that loop and tata dint won in mumbai.

  • zareef May 20, 2010 9:13 pm

    lots of Doubts on Airtel Karnataka on 3g auction… currently in most part of karnataka airtel have old 2g network where almost all operator providing 2.7 g network…
    Airtel start 3g services allover karnataka or only in banglore manglore mysore :lol:

  • Mahesh Prasad May 20, 2010 7:43 pm

    @Agnivo Now BSNL also said the same check Economic Times
    “We have enough reserves to pay for 3G spectrum,” said Kuldeep Goyal, chairman of BSNL.

  • ajay May 20, 2010 6:46 pm

    I m very much happy to see Pranab babu’s smiling face….
    And why not, these operators loot us for so many yrs and now a portion of this money come back to our republic govt. indirectly to us…
    I want every auction to conduct in this manner. Longlive Pranab babu!
    So cheers to all.
    All is well..

  • np May 20, 2010 6:40 pm

    @vikash
    Chennai has since long been integrated into TN circle

  • Mahesh Prasad May 20, 2010 6:37 pm

    @Agnivo MTNL CMD Kuldip Sing says “MTNL not seeking concessions on 3G price” check Economic Times

  • Prasath J May 20, 2010 5:42 pm

    hardeep :
    happy to see Idea win Haryana!

    You will feel sorry later, on seeing the 3G tariffs by IDEA…

  • rajiev May 20, 2010 5:38 pm

    i think idea cellular is looser.

  • Sourav May 20, 2010 5:04 pm

    What about the UNINOR, ETISALAT & VIDEOCON ???????
    Why they didn’t get the spectrum in any circle??????
    STEL also bag the spectrum in Orissa, Bihar-Jharkhand & HP…………

  • kaushik May 20, 2010 4:34 pm

    AIRTEL and VODAFONE will now give maximum offers for 2G in circles where they not won 3G

  • kaushik May 20, 2010 4:29 pm

    ishan :
    AIRCEL had taken a very good strategy in 3G auction.AIRCEL had targeted only the southern region and the eastern region for 3G.AIRCEL is the only operator in the south India which will have 3G operation in all the 4 circles of south India(AP, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala).other operators will not have 3G operation in all these 4 circles.AIRCEL will also have 3g services in all the eastern circles(Orrisa, Bihar, Kolkata, West Bengal.Assam, north east) along with reliance which have also got 3g license in all the eastern circles.AIRCEl also have the license for UP east.Now the socioeconomic and cultural structure of Bihar and U.P. is very much similar.so I think AIRCEL will get advantage over other operators in eastern region.Its really a good move by AIRCEL.

    but AIRCEL should improve its network first in Eastern States
    then 3G factor will work

  • ishan May 20, 2010 4:18 pm

    AIRCEL had taken a very good strategy in 3G auction.AIRCEL had targeted only the southern region and the eastern region for 3G.AIRCEL is the only operator in the south India which will have 3G operation in all the 4 circles of south India(AP, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala).other operators will not have 3G operation in all these 4 circles.AIRCEL will also have 3g services in all the eastern circles(Orrisa, Bihar, Kolkata, West Bengal.Assam, north east) along with reliance which have also got 3g license in all the eastern circles.AIRCEl also have the license for UP east.Now the socioeconomic and cultural structure of Bihar and U.P. is very much similar.so I think AIRCEL will get advantage over other operators in eastern region.Its really a good move by AIRCEL.

  • Sanjay Bafna May 20, 2010 4:10 pm

    Agnivo :

    @Sanjay: You can consider creating “subscriber” level user accounts in Wordpress and hand over logins to known and frequent commentators. This will ensure no other people can imitate a known commentator.

    Every TT users/commentates has same rights. I agreed to give some privileged to our esteemed old and existing users. We are looking into it.

    Thanks!

  • Agnivo May 20, 2010 4:03 pm

    @Sanjay: You can consider creating “subscriber” level user accounts in Wordpress and hand over logins to known and frequent commentators. This will ensure no other people can imitate a known commentator.

  • ARJUN.C May 20, 2010 3:56 pm

    @Shayanta
    aap mujhe batayiye Ki Aircel Kaisa Hai?

  • ARJUN.C May 20, 2010 3:50 pm

    @Max
    MR.MAX
    Previously i Had a Hope that Aircel wins the 3g license in Karnataka and He did it

  • Sanjay Bafna May 20, 2010 3:47 pm

    @Avishek Dear Avishek Ghosh (the second one)Kindly use the surname, it will be helpful to differentiate the people with same name.

    The comment from 1st Avishek doesn’t have any surname so we are unable to change/edit the name. By the way I will look into it as you suggested.

    Thanks!

  • samit (nishu) May 20, 2010 3:41 pm

    why bharti airtel not givin 3g services in mp…

  • Avishek May 20, 2010 3:28 pm

    Avishek :

    Agnivo :
    Just read on google news: “BSNL, MTNL may not be able to pay up” and “BSNL, MTNL may get waiver on payment”!
    I’m just shocked… what level of sorcery and partiality is this? Private operators have to deposit the total money within 10 days while the Govt. is deciding to subsidize (waive off) or extend (2yrs window) the payment for these 2 public operators.
    All I can say is f’k this…

    It’s just like that your stomach is paining because your beloved private operator did not able to get pan-India 3g!! Before commenting any thing just improves knowledge on telecommunication policy of Govt of India and also on PSU.
    BSNL/MTNL both has huge ‘cash reserves’ and can able to pay the 3G bidding amount however they need permission from Govt of India to utilized the reserves for this. Just google it once again or read today’s Times of India.
    These are government entities — BSNL in its entirety and MTNL to a large extent. So even if these two entities do end up paying the 3G spectrum fees, they would find a way to reimburse it or use their cash reserves. In any event, the exercise will be the equivalent to recycling government money from BSNL to the exchequer and then back to BSNL as loans or subsidies. Both these companies has paying their profit to Govt of India so they have right to take money from Govt of India.
    None of private operator paying or sharing their profits to govt of india that why govt subsidize them??
    Why your stomach is paining over bsnl/mtnl ??
    By the way, as per telecom policy one PSU/ or Govt operator fixed for all telecom circles to provide the telecommunication services on all platform/technology to balance the market, pricing and fulfill the social responsibility. As a result BSNL/MTNL gets the rights to provide the service on basic/2g/3g/4g etc so they got the license and spectrum out of the bidding process.
    The bidding process proved that none of private operator willing to serve pan India 3G even all biggies avoiding the C circles so Govt of India’s decision for one PSU in every circles is Fully Fare!
    All I can say is f’k the Agnivo !!

    @Avishek….Just try to comment with good behave….Agnivo is right or wrong it is a disscussable matter…but some words u r using is not worthy for a public forum….

    @Mods…In previous days I request u to pay some attention over the commentars “NAME….”…I am a old reader & commentar than this person(Avishek)…but U give permission to use the same name for diff person…which is not good for me & for others….because I always try to be well behaved,but this same named person try to spoil this….pls pay attention over this……

  • vineesh May 20, 2010 3:21 pm

    why Airtel bring 3g in kerala Airtel have only good gprs network in kerala,, Ideas 3g plan will be very higher they are not a network for common man,,,

  • hardeep May 20, 2010 3:15 pm

    happy to see Idea win Haryana!

  • riju May 20, 2010 2:02 pm

    @atanu
    but their bids are for small amount.check the prices.dont look the total number of circles

  • atanu May 20, 2010 1:33 pm

    As per the company.

    Airtel Delhi Mumbai Andhra Pardesh Karnataka Tamil Nadu West Bengal UP (W) Rajasthan Himachal Bihar Assam NE J & K

    Aircel Andhra Pardesh Karnataka Tamil Nadu Kolkata West Bengal Kerala Idea UP (E) Bihar Orissa Assam NE J & K

    Idea Maharashtra Gujrat Andhra Pardesh Kerala Idea Haryana UP (E) UP (W) MP Himachal J & K

    Reliance Delhi Mumbai Kolkata West Bengal Idea Rajasthan MP Himachal Bihar Orissa Assam NE J & K

    Tata Maharashtra Gujrat Karnataka Kerala Idea Haryana UP (W) Rajasthan MP

    S tel Himachal Bihar Orissa

    Vodafone Delhi Mumbai Maharashtra Gujrat Tamil Nadu Kolkata West Bengal Haryana UP (E)

  • kaushik May 20, 2010 1:19 pm

    when these operators start commercial launch of 3G ?

  • kaushik May 20, 2010 1:00 pm

    i think the operators who not won 3G in respective circle will offer more for 2G service in that circle to retain customer for eg like Airtel in kolkata, expect lot of offer than vodafone in kolkata from airtel

  • atanu May 20, 2010 12:50 pm

    Mamun :AIRTEL, VODAFONE n TATA DOCOMO-these are best operator in terms of good service. I think every1 will agree with me. But notice that there are no circle where the 3 are together present!!!

    i don’t agree. Docomo are the best service provider in term of good service? are u jokeing? come to kolkata the see the different. i think u are lucky that Docomo gives u the best service.

    if u wanted to siffted to other for 3G servics, pls wait for MNP. then siffted to Vodafone for total bengal coverage.(present in kolkata and bengal) But don’t go to the Aircel or RGSM.

  • atanu May 20, 2010 12:31 pm

    Kaushik Maitra :i’m surprised that reliance and aircel won so many licenses. these operators are always plagued with faults and the customers face the problem. and not to mention their network coverage is much below the mark in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.
    i would have been happier if airtel and tata docomo had won licenses instead of reliance and aircel in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.

    u r right that wold happier if Airtel win the licence for kolkata instead of RGS or Aircel. But not Docomo, they are not better then Aircel or RGSM in kolkata.

  • atanu May 20, 2010 12:24 pm

    Agni :There is too much partiality in giving 3g service in westbengal by bsnl.atlast the king airtel and the rest rim and aircel are able to serve us with 3g services here.yuppy.

    dear u forgot about King of West Bengal circule ” VODAFONE” not only the service also by the customer base.

  • Avishek May 20, 2010 12:05 pm

    Agnivo :
    Just read on google news: “BSNL, MTNL may not be able to pay up” and “BSNL, MTNL may get waiver on payment”!
    I’m just shocked… what level of sorcery and partiality is this? Private operators have to deposit the total money within 10 days while the Govt. is deciding to subsidize (waive off) or extend (2yrs window) the payment for these 2 public operators.
    All I can say is f’k this…

    It’s just like that your stomach is paining because your beloved private operator did not able to get pan-India 3g!! Before commenting any thing just improves knowledge on telecommunication policy of Govt of India and also on PSU.

    BSNL/MTNL both has huge ‘cash reserves’ and can able to pay the 3G bidding amount however they need permission from Govt of India to utilized the reserves for this. Just google it once again or read today’s Times of India.

    These are government entities — BSNL in its entirety and MTNL to a large extent. So even if these two entities do end up paying the 3G spectrum fees, they would find a way to reimburse it or use their cash reserves. In any event, the exercise will be the equivalent to recycling government money from BSNL to the exchequer and then back to BSNL as loans or subsidies. Both these companies has paying their profit to Govt of India so they have right to take money from Govt of India.

    None of private operator paying or sharing their profits to govt of india that why govt subsidize them??

    Why your stomach is paining over bsnl/mtnl ??

    By the way, as per telecom policy one PSU/ or Govt operator fixed for all telecom circles to provide the telecommunication services on all platform/technology to balance the market, pricing and fulfill the social responsibility. As a result BSNL/MTNL gets the rights to provide the service on basic/2g/3g/4g etc so they got the license and spectrum out of the bidding process.

    The bidding process proved that none of private operator willing to serve pan India 3G even all biggies avoiding the C circles so Govt of India’s decision for one PSU in every circles is Fully Fare!
    !!

  • atanu May 20, 2010 12:04 pm

    Shree :gr8 to hear that auction is complete n we can ride on 3g speed(may be with very expensive plans).
    all those who think Airtel is a money sucker, they provide the best service in India, making cheap tariff is good but not with poor services like Vodafone, Idea, RIM n Aircel. Uninor is exceptional

    Vodafone gives poor service. :-) :-)
    where are u form my dear?

  • Agnivo May 20, 2010 11:45 am

    @AmitS
    Yea, the way the 3G auctions went this round, spectrum sharing has to be coming very soon… generating additional revenue streams and enabling operators national 3G footprint… also, a level competition field.

  • rajiev May 20, 2010 11:30 am

    heart beat as it is.not intresting, reliance ya bharti ko pan india hona hi chahiye tha.

  • Shree May 20, 2010 11:19 am

    gr8 to hear that auction is complete n we can ride on 3g speed(may be with very expensive plans).

    all those who think Airtel is a money sucker, they provide the best service in India, making cheap tariff is good but not with poor services like Vodafone, Idea, RIM n Aircel. Uninor is exceptional :-)

  • Rohan May 20, 2010 10:00 am

    Pvt operators will start 3G services initially charging a higher price. Where as all the time pvt operators deduct balances without any reason. So i will stick to my BSNL with all india roaming.

  • Prasath J May 20, 2010 9:26 am

    In my circle TN, only Airtel, Vodafone and Aircel has won… So I have no other way than using BSNL for 3G services…

  • AmitS May 20, 2010 8:47 am

    Operators has won spectrum for limited circles. It means they have to depend on other operators for roaming services. so it is no meaning who is winner & who is looser. 3G is dynamic service for high end customers(for first phase of 3G operation) who have to travel in whole country. Govt. is thinking sharing of spectrum. It will be permitted in coming time. So every operator will be able to serve 3G at national level.Winner of 3g spectrum can make huge money from sharing spectrum and able to give cheaper service in second phase of 3g operations. For now it is not possible for operators to provide cheaper service like 2G.So govt. should allow spectrum sharing as soon as possible.

  • Max May 20, 2010 8:06 am

    Wow finally Aircel won 3G in karnataka..WE will get cheapest internet tariff from aircel now… Airtel,Aircel,Docomo rocks… Idea now ur off no use in karnataka… better sell it & get lost.. ur services sucks here. We have uninor who provides class 2G services for ppl.

  • Atul May 20, 2010 8:04 am

    I m getting 2 to 2.4mbps speed through 3g sim on my sony phone(checked on opera

  • Abhijit May 20, 2010 7:50 am

    Idea & Vodafone have won 3G for Maharashtra that’s nice as both of them have penetrative and congestion free networks in Maharashtra. But they will provide costlier than other operators.. As current stage 2G levels also they are very costlier operators in terms of call rate & also in terms of GPRS in Maharashtra.. Idea still don’t have 30days GPRS plan And Vodafone don’t provide full GPRS, it has Vodafone Live! so after 3G launched Vodafone should provide TCP/IP based full GPRS by which we can run any application in mobile…

    BUT TATA has also won 3G license in Maharashtra circle so I think they will provide cheaper 3G than Vodafone, Airtel then it will be nice…

    Anybody knows how will be 3G roaming agreement while roaming with 3G in other circles.. Suppose taken Idea 3G connection in Maharashtra and roamed in other circle where Idea doesn’t provide 3G services in that visited circle, then which 3G network we will get while roaming to enjoy high speed net & Video calls !!!!!

  • Aditya May 20, 2010 7:48 am

    Airtel:-Jiske pass Power hota hai..uska wrong bhi right hota hai…
    Hope airtel will win again thier customer’s trust..N all the best for rst of operator.
    I luv Airtel.

  • Mamun May 20, 2010 7:13 am

    I feel lucky as Airtel and Vodafone got licence for west bengal. But We miss Tata docomo.

  • Mamun May 20, 2010 7:11 am

    AIRTEL, VODAFONE n TATA DOCOMO-these are best operator in terms of good service. I think every1 will agree with me. But notice that there are no circle where the 3 are together present!!!

  • Arjun.C May 20, 2010 4:48 am

    @Vinayak Pai
    Thank you Mr.Vinayak Pai for you reply. Aircel has already 6000+ base stations in Karnataka. AND I THINK THIS Expansion will complete in june or july

  • Agnivo May 20, 2010 2:44 am

    Just read on google news: “BSNL, MTNL may not be able to pay up” and “BSNL, MTNL may get waiver on payment”!

    I’m just shocked… what level of sorcery and partiality is this? Private operators have to deposit the total money within 10 days while the Govt. is deciding to subsidize (waive off) or extend (2yrs window) the payment for these 2 public operators.

    First of all, the Govt. allows these 2 to start operations by reserving spectrum, they started roll-out and operations, generating revenue off 3G services, while private operators still biting the dust just to grab some spectrum in the scanty and overpriced auction process, designed to make fiscal deficit lesser for our poor Govt.! Shows how dilapidated and hapless out system is…

    Now the govt. tries to play “fair” by setting September as the common rollout date so no pvt operator has 3G monopoly due to delays of handling over the spectrum… while PSUs got the spectrum, rolled out, got customers and market share (monopoly) and now even waivers and extensions for paying up as they will go bankrupt if they do so!!! Does the Govt. even know the meaning of “monopoly” and “fair”???

    All I can say is f’k this…

  • Agnivo May 20, 2010 2:26 am

    MTNL and BSNL have to pay Rs 6,564 crore and Rs 10,186 crore respectively.

  • Keshav Jha May 20, 2010 1:36 am

    I have an another cheaper idea to use internet in BSNL 3G area. Insert a BSNL 2G SIM Card in the above mentioned Huawei modem or in any 3G Phone. Recharge it by 274/- (Unlimited gprs pack). Select wcdma network in the datacard software or umts network in phone. You may get 3G speed in 2G plan depending upon your luck (As I). If not, then you will get a 15-17 kbps (restricted) actual download speed in orbit. i.e. the speed is much better than 2G network & sufficient for personnel use. Also the data service of BSNL remains good in 3G 29.5 days in a 30 day month. These are the reasons for which I like BSNL. Enjoy.

  • Abhishek May 20, 2010 1:23 am

    India’s market is unique because of the following reasons. Cheapest Rentals in the World and HyperCompetitive with 12-13 players compared to 3-4 in most other markets The severe competition in the Indian market makes surviving and making profits a tough task for almost all the companies except for a few.The 3G auction has made it a “winner’s curse” .Let’s see if these high bids translate into good service as well

  • Keshav Jha May 20, 2010 1:10 am

    It’s time to wait for the commencement of 3G services by private operators. But why should we wait? Just use BSNL 3G. I have a cheapest idea to use BSNL 3G data service. Buy an idea 3G net setter (Huawei E1550) datacard for 1900-2000 rupees. It supports 3.6 mbps download speed. Unlock it with the help of dash-board update. Now it is an open modem. Use BSNL 3G data service in this modem. This modem also supports voice calls on pc. I have unlocked this modem today. When i used 3G in this modem the actual download speed was 350 kbps in orbit downloader.

  • zareef May 20, 2010 12:31 am

    Aircel given big surprise

  • altaf May 20, 2010 12:30 am

    sayan :
    why there is 4 operators for west bengal? thr shud be 3 only per circle..

    Bcoz 4 slots wer available for auction unlike 3 slots in some other states

  • zareef May 20, 2010 12:26 am

    wow Aircel got 3G license in karnataka its dam good… Vodafone kick out

  • Sayantan May 20, 2010 12:07 am

    Now vodafone(my best operator)will kick in the butt of airtel in kolkata,wb.As every people of airtel planning to take 3g will go for vodafone.And no person,having a little common sense,will opt for aircel,reliance,bsnl.

  • sayantan May 20, 2010 12:00 am

    Now vodafone(my best operator) will kick in butt of airtel in kolkata as every rich people here who are planning to take 3G will shift to voda.Any person,if has the ability to analyse,will not opt for aircel or reliance 3G.

  • saket May 19, 2010 11:43 pm

    hiren :
    Tata Docomo heaving 3g Ready network so it may be first roll out service in all 9 Circle he won for.

    they are fooling, why did they invest money in 23 circle, before getting license in only 9 circle, they just made 3G ready to attract customer nothing is related to launch,

  • Vinayak Pai May 19, 2010 11:28 pm

    @ARJUN.C
    It is to be seen if they are able to improve their “out of shape “2 G network in Karnataka before stepping onto the 3G bandwagon :)

  • Agnivo May 19, 2010 11:28 pm

    I wish Airtel got license in Kolkata… instead of pathetic RGSM… they will again make a mess, this time in 3G. However, RGSM will try to bag in huge number of 3G customers by offering cheap plans (also note that bid prices for Kolkata are considerably cheap for a metro)

    Question: How much is BSNL going to pay in total for 20 circles and MTNL for 2 circles?

    @sayan
    There are 4 pvt 3G slots for WB.

  • Praveen ipkonfig May 19, 2010 11:22 pm

    @Zeeshan
    Oh ok. Thanks for the info :)

    I really hope that we get it on time..

  • dev May 19, 2010 11:05 pm

    AIRCEL is a real surprice by wining 13 3g licences

  • sayan May 19, 2010 10:58 pm

    why there is 4 operators for west bengal? thr shud be 3 only per circle..

  • annoymous May 19, 2010 10:57 pm

    @Mahmood Junaid
    not only in kerala airtel sucks everywhere

  • BABU May 19, 2010 10:33 pm

    chennai and tamilnadu peoples are in sad bcos looters airtel and vodafone won for 3g. Only hope is aircel will provide cheeper service.I think kerala peoples are lucky. Bcos looters are not there.

  • kaushik May 19, 2010 10:31 pm

    how much TATA and AIRCEL paid ?
    they won quite a few circles

  • Mahmood Junaid May 19, 2010 10:21 pm

    PROXIMUS :
    From today itself i am cancelling my Airtel connection and going to switch on to TATA DOCOMO.Airtel Sucks in Kerala.

    you should have done it before like me…

  • PROXIMUS May 19, 2010 10:10 pm

    From today itself i am cancelling my Airtel connection and going to switch on to TATA DOCOMO.Airtel Sucks in Kerala.

  • Anal May 19, 2010 9:56 pm

    Happy with 3 major operator: Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance in Bengal. But not expect Aircel, expecting TATA. Exited

  • pavan May 19, 2010 9:41 pm

    airtel will enter into losses in future if number portability comes

  • Zeeshan May 19, 2010 9:26 pm

    It has been further delayed to Sep 30, 2010.@ipkonfig

  • hari May 19, 2010 9:23 pm

    i happy airtel 3g in bihar

  • ajay May 19, 2010 9:08 pm

    In terms of network quality and coverage no one can beat idea in gujarat and i m happy to see idea get 3g spectrum in gujarat. And also docomo getting 3g .so i am very excited..

  • azam May 19, 2010 8:50 pm

    up west ke aircel ko 3g milta to achcha rahta

  • Mahmood Junaid May 19, 2010 8:49 pm

    I am happy dat the looters airtel and voda are not in kerala…. Chalo kerala in the hands of idea, tata and aircel….

  • azam May 19, 2010 8:46 pm

    idea ke din achche

  • Kaushik Maitra May 19, 2010 8:37 pm

    i’m surprised that reliance and aircel won so many licenses. these operators are always plagued with faults and the customers face the problem. and not to mention their network coverage is much below the mark in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.

    i would have been happier if airtel and tata docomo had won licenses instead of reliance and aircel in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.

  • Agni May 19, 2010 8:36 pm

    There is too much partiality in giving 3g service in westbengal by bsnl.atlast the king airtel and the rest rim and aircel are able to serve us with 3g services here.yuppy.

  • abhijit May 19, 2010 8:32 pm

    I am very happy for airtel not their in Maharashtra for 3G. It is the most cheater service provider. Idea rocks in Maharashtra when it comes to network!

  • Arjun.C May 19, 2010 8:31 pm

    @Ganesh Srinivasan
    MR.Ganesh Srinivasan
    Don’t Say Aircel is a least loaded network it is a fully fledged National Operator.

  • mekalwin T May 19, 2010 8:21 pm

    Telecom minister A Raja expressed happiness over the successful completion of auction for 3G spectrum and said the government would earn revenues beyond what it had expected.”I am happy to see that the government is going to earn more money than expected,” Raja said.

  • Manoj Prashant May 19, 2010 8:07 pm

    It’s very pleasant that Airtel and Reliance did not get 3G licence in UP East. Ab inke lootne ke din nahi rahenge. Both are cheating their customers.

  • ipkonfig May 19, 2010 7:55 pm

    I am awaiting MNP (mobile number portability). I hope that it is not delayed further from June 30th deadline ..

  • Ganesh Srinivasan May 19, 2010 7:55 pm

    @Zeeshan
    Thanks for the clarification

  • altaf May 19, 2010 7:53 pm

    vikash :
    what about chennai circle…….????????????

    Included in TN

  • Zeeshan May 19, 2010 7:50 pm

    Not 12 its 13 circles.@Ganesh Srinivasan

  • Swaps May 19, 2010 7:46 pm

    vikash :what about chennai circle…….????????????

    Chennai comes under Tamil Nadu circle. Single licence for both the circles.

  • ARJUN.C May 19, 2010 7:44 pm

    HA HA AIRCEL WON 3G LICENSE IN KARNATAKA

  • Ganesh Srinivasan May 19, 2010 7:43 pm

    Very surprised that Aircel won in 12 circles – Aircel is one of the least loaded networks – compared to other big players – and they will remain one of the least loaded networks.

    I think I would opt for Aircel [may be for BlackBerry] in addition to Airtel [may be for iPad]

  • Zeeshan May 19, 2010 7:42 pm

    Out of 22 circles AirTel, Aircel, Reliance have won 3G Spectrum in 13 Circles. Idea in 11 circles, Vodafone and Tata in 9 Circles and STel in 3 Circles.

  • Swaps May 19, 2010 7:41 pm

    Videocon and Etisalat didn’t even get single licence.

  • Alok May 19, 2010 7:36 pm

    Chalo ab 1 sep ko 3g chalu hoga.wait is over but it will be too costly in recent.
    I m sad 4 rim not getting licence in UP east.

  • rahul May 19, 2010 7:34 pm

    Initially price will be too high which cant be afforded by regular user. but soon relaince and tata will bring plans which will be headache for airtel, but loved by 3g users.

  • gaurav jha May 19, 2010 7:26 pm

    i m happy to know that my bihar is going to have 4 private 3g operators+1 p.s.u[bsnl],, so 5 operators at all, i m pretty much satisfied with bsnl’s 3g in bihar,, its having 3g network in all the district headquarters of bihar

  • vikash May 19, 2010 7:26 pm

    what about chennai circle…….????????????

  • Merc May 19, 2010 7:23 pm

    good luck to all operators, i hope operators wont push the cost of 3g license and infrastructure cost on to 2g customers.

  • altaf May 19, 2010 7:17 pm

    As expected, airtel, reliance and vodafone won the bid in mumbai it would have been great if idea have won the bid in mumbai in place of reliance :(

  • hiren May 19, 2010 7:11 pm

    I agree with click that MNP is really needed specially for Vodafone and Airtel who is charging higher than all other operator, whenever MNP will start there will be huge change in subscriber base in all company, and at this point Docomo, Aircel and Uninor will get largest number of new subscriber

  • Swaps May 19, 2010 7:09 pm

    Atleast Airtel is present in Assam.

  • hiren May 19, 2010 7:08 pm

    Tata Docomo heaving 3g Ready network so it may be first roll out service in all 9 Circle he won for.

  • Shayanta May 19, 2010 7:05 pm

    North East mein reliance ki jaga agar vodafone ya idea ko mil jata toh accha hota, reliance ka 3g koi bhi nehi lega, 2G mein hi itna kharab service de rahe he aur 3G mein to na jane kya karenge.

  • click May 19, 2010 6:50 pm

    Now there is no use of 3G to the low & middle end users,bcas the cost is very high for data usage,It will come cheaper after 2 years.
    But MNP will be a milestone in telecom industry,that will wash out monopolic operators liks airtel,vodofone.
    I am expecting MNP very soon,anybody having any idea about MNP implementation date.

  • NeaL Pradeep May 19, 2010 6:49 pm

    hope that soon operators will roll out their 3G Services..