Airtel adds 173.8 MHz to its spectrum kitty across 1800/2100/2300 MHz bands to become Pan India 2G/3G/4G operator

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Bharti Airtel the largest operator by subscriber base has managed to add a total of 173.8 MHz to its overall spectrum holding at a cost of Rs. 14,244 crore. With this purchase, Airtel now becomes the first operator to possess Pan India 2G/3G/4G spectrum.

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Through strategic buying, in the latest auction, Airtel has built new 4G/3G capabilities in 7 circles. The Company has spent Rs. 10,340 cr towards enhancing data capacities in 15 circles. It has also spent Rs 321 cr towards completing some of the existing partial blocks in 4 circles, giving it a second Carrier for its future needs.

Circles Band Mhz Rs. Cr.
3G, 4G FD/TD LTE New Capability  
Kerala 2100 5.0 885
Assam 1800 3.8 152
Maharashtra 1800 5.0 1590
Jammu & Kashmir 1800 2.4 31
Kolkatta 1800 2.0 302
Gujarat 2300 10.0 612
Himachal Pradesh 2300 10.0 10
3582
3G/4G TD LTE Additional Carrier
Assam 2300 10.0 20
Bihar 2300 10.0 62
Delhi 2300 10.0 1430
Kolkatta 2300 10.0 330
Karnataka 2300 10.0 980
Mumbai 2300 10.0 1460
North East 2300 10.0 10
Orissa 2300 10.0 40
Andhra Pradesh 2300 10.0 683
West Bengal 2300 10.0 50
Tamil Nadu 2300 10.0 1320
Delhi 2100 5.0 2770
Bihar 2100 5.0 430
Rajasthan 2100 5.0 700
Jammu & Kashmir 2100 5.0 55
10340
4G FD LTE Future Additional Carrier
Haryana 1800 1.6 79
North East 1800 1.4 15
Punjab 1800 0.8 62
Rajasthan 1800 1.8 165
321
 
TOTAL 173.8 14244

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, ‚ÄúAt the outset, we would like to thank the Government for making abundant spectrum available for auctions. Airtel now has a solid spectrum portfolio¬†that will enable it¬†to continue leading India‚Äôs data revolution. We remain fully¬†committed¬†to the Government‚Äôs Digital India vision and will continue to invest towards¬†making¬†world-class and affordable data services¬†available to customers in¬†every corner of the country.‚ÄĚ

The Company added that despite the large amount of spectrum made available, certain bands did not get any bid from the operators as it made no economic case for them based on the high reserve prices. Three to four national operators with robust 700 Mhz based broadband networks have the potential to accelerate India's progress to the top league of digitally enabled nations. Therefore, the pricing of the 700 Mhz band spectrum needs to be addressed on priority for the nation to benefit from the digital dividend arising out of this high quality spectrum band.

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