India’s 800Mhz CDMA 2G Spectrum Auction Ends, MTS Secured Spectrum in Just 8 Circles

India’s auction of CDMA spectrum (800 Mhz) ended today after 3 rounds, according to preliminary reports by DoT lone bidder Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) which is currently operating CDMA Mobile services under the brand MTS India, bids just for for eight telecom circles, including Delhi and skips or did not bid for Mumbai, Maharashtra – Goa and UP East circle.


In the latest 2G spectrum auction for CDMA services, MTS India / SSTL bidded for 3 blocks of 1.25 Mhz airwaves frequency in all 8 circles including Delhi.

In February 2013, MTS India already start process for closing down of its CDMA Mobile and Data service operations in 10 circles – Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, the North East, Orissa and Punjab – and asked customers to switch to other telecom operators of their choice by using Mobile Number Portability (MNP). In todays auction, the company bid for only eight circles, which means it may curtail operations (closer of CDMA services)  in three more circles – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Goa and UP East.

The auction of the 1800 and 900 MHz bands (GSM Spectrum) has been postponed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The reason, DoT said, is that no telecom operator has submitted an application to bid for these bands.

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March 29, 2013 1:19 pm 1:19 PM

Could not understand why MTS is winding up Data services for UP West too –

As I understood, it lost UP East only, but MTS is only continuing Voice in UP West, but closing data services. Anyone having a clue??

Mike Orszag
March 23, 2013 6:28 pm 6:28 PM

MTS is absolutely the worst organization in terms of customer service I have ever dealt with in my life in any country for anything. I have been extremely disappointed in MTS. As a disgrace to India, MTS should simply be shut down. I do not think it should be a telecommunications operator in India.

March 13, 2013 6:48 pm 6:48 PM

MTS want to remain a small player .If they want to a big player they not leave Big circles like Mumbai,Maharashtra,UP(E) and Bihar