4G Operator Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular and Uninor Applies to Bid in 1800 and 900Mhz GSM Spectrum Auction

Pan India 4G – LTE service license holder Reliance JIO Infocomm (RJIL), Idea Cellular and Uninor (TeleWings) today submitted their applications for taking part in the 900mhz and 1800mhz GSM spectrum auction scheduled for February 3, 2014.

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Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications (Rcom), Aircel and Tata Teleservices (Tata Docomo) already applies for the same as earlier we shared on TelecomTalk.

The Auction of Spectrum will be a big bang now for all leading GSM players like Vodafone, Airtel, because Reliance Jio  has applies for both band – premium 900 and 1800mhz GSM spectrum. Vodafone India’s three circles licence (Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata) Bharti Airtel’s in Delhi and Kolkata, and Loop Mobile’s licence in Mumbai are due to expire this November 2014.

Reliance Jio has pan-India 4G spectrum and licenses and all set to launch its nationwide 4G services soon.

Our sources confirms that GSM operator Videocon and Loop Mobile or Loop Telecom and Pure CDMA player MTS India would  stay away from the race or decides not to participate in auction of spectrum scheduled for February 3, 2014.

The GSM 1800 Mhz band is being put up for auction as per the Supreme Court order that the Government sell all spectrum that was freed from the cancellation of 122 licences on February 2, 2012 in the 2G spectrum scam.

While the premium GSM 900 Mhz is being auctioned in the in three metros – Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata – as the current lincences of mobile operators – GSM biggies namely Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Loop Mobile (Mumbai) will expire in November, 2014.

State-owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL have also not applied for the bidding, as Govt Operators are not allowed to bid for auction of spectrum.

Today i.e. 15th January is the last date for submitting the applications for Spectrum and telecom companies/ mobile operators have the option to withdraw them by January 27, 2014.

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45 Comments on "4G Operator Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular and Uninor Applies to Bid in 1800 and 900Mhz GSM Spectrum Auction"


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September 7, 2014 9:57 am 9:57 AM

through IHRA i can conduct seminars and meetings if u provide vehcle to me total state 4g awareness companes.

state chairman(v)

ganesh galande
July 17, 2014 3:34 pm 3:34 PM

is there is 4g in nashik

January 17, 2014 10:36 am 10:36 AM

Looks like Reliance Jio OFC cable laying in Kerala hit a halt. Kerala Gov canceled permission saying corruption.

Rushabh M
January 17, 2014 7:47 pm 7:47 PM

Yaa even in maharashtra same.thing i asked 1 person who was laying He said the same thing..According to him Solapur,Karad,Satara,Kolhapur,Nagpur,Ahmednagar,Pune,Nashik,Sangli and some cities of maharashtra were in the OFC laying project but as some case.is going on against them…Govt closed the laying….

January 17, 2014 8:20 am 8:20 AM

I think Reliance Jio need more and more spectrum for IPTV service. Using single band for both 4G and IPTV may not be enough.

January 18, 2014 2:41 pm 2:41 PM

The wise option would be to buy Reliance Digital TV DTH from ADAG group ans using satellite telecast for providing Live content and activating the Ethernet port on the set top box to connect it to the CPE to provide catch up tv, it will save maximum bandwidth.

Maaz Kalim
January 19, 2014 5:46 pm 5:46 PM

Couldn’t agree with you more! But I don’t think they will due to legal hurdles!! :/

Akhil Mohan
January 16, 2014 7:40 pm 7:40 PM

If Relaince Jio wins pan India license on 900 MHz, can they use it for 4G. I mean is 4G possible on 900 MHz. Will it be any different from 2300Mhz on speed?

January 17, 2014 12:25 pm 12:25 PM

@Akhil Mohan,

Currently 900 MHz auction is for three metros only not Pan-India. These are Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. In rest circle license is valid till either 2017/2019 and in some 2021. So that will be put on auction once their time comes. 😉

Ashwani Sharma
January 17, 2014 1:05 am 1:05 AM

no they cant…. BW will not be sufficient for 4g operation

January 17, 2014 1:47 am 1:47 AM

BW is not an issue for 4G operation. Infact that is the speciality of LTE technology that it can work with variable BW resources.

January 16, 2014 7:39 pm 7:39 PM

Rjio will win 5-6 mhz in 900 and at least 5 and up to 10 mhz in 1800 in all circles. Rjio is aiming to corner 1800 mhz spectrum pan india. Rjio will single handedly crush Avoid cartel, especially Vodafone.

January 16, 2014 7:32 pm 7:32 PM

Rio will hurt Vodafone the most and end its monopoly, especially in Mumbai. Vodafone’s arrogance and monopoly will be crushed by Rjio.

January 16, 2014 2:47 pm 2:47 PM

I hope Jio bids and wins PAN India spectrum in 1800MHz band it can keep 2300MHz for home broadband and iPTV deployment and use 1800MHz for voice and FD-LTE on mobile platform.

January 16, 2014 1:09 pm 1:09 PM

There seems to be a very bad news for loop mobile customers as the company may shut down its operations in mumbai circle or merge with airtel or vodafone. Also, reliance may rid itself of its cdma business selling it to any foreign carrier. I am hoping that verizon finds some interest in this deal. We need some serious cdma operators not the jokers like reliance who ruined their once powerful cdma business in favour of their crap gsm network. God give them some brains.

January 16, 2014 8:30 pm 8:30 PM

totally agree with u..

January 16, 2014 1:07 pm 1:07 PM

Kay fir se uninor west bengal main aayega?


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