Airtel says buying Aircel 4G spectrum in 8 circles to counter Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel, the country’s leading telco, has inked a definitive agreement with Aircel to acquire the latter’s 4G spectrum in eight circles for Rs 3500 crore through a spectrum trading deal, a move aimed at countering the anticipated onslaught from Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, which is likely to launch commercial services soon.


The eight circles where Airtel has acquired Aircel’s 4G spectrum are Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, North East, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

If the deal goes through, Airtel will become a pan-India 4G operator like Reliance Jio.

“Bharti Airtel and its subsidiary, Bharti Hexacom have entered into a definitive agreements with Aircel Ltd and its subsidiaries Dishnet Wireless Ltd and Aircel Cellular Ltd to acquire rights to use 20 MHz of 2300 Band 4G spectrum for eight circles for an aggregate consideration of Rs 3500 crore,” Airtel said in a statement.

The telco said that the closing of the transaction is subject to satisfaction of the standard conditions (including conditions stated in the spectrum trading guidelines), as are normal to such transactions.

Last month, the Sunil Mittal-led telco had acquired Videocon’s 4G spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band in six circles for Rs 4,428 crore, also through a bandwidth trading deal.

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Abhishek Chatterjee
April 11, 2016 12:22 pm 12:22 PM

Telenor to roll out 4G services in 6 telecom circles

April 10, 2016 12:35 am 12:35 AM

What’s the meaning of buying 4G spectrum from Aircel in region where Airtel is already having the spectrum. It’s totally strange as Airtel want to be pan india or want to close down Aircel 4G as being threat by another service provider

April 10, 2016 2:26 pm 2:26 PM

More spectrum holding helps a telco increase their bandwidth and as a result provide better services to more consumers.

Sutripta Roy
April 10, 2016 12:11 am 12:11 AM

Good to see that Airtel will be pan india 4G player. Good going. In kolkata Airtel is very good. 2G,3G,4G is haven’t found any issues till now for last 2 years. Even within my office Airtel had bad coverage. After complaining about that Airtel has been solved that. They are really the best operator in INDIA.

April 11, 2016 10:29 am 10:29 AM

oh really, your are a gem, because in my case CCE told me that
” there is no network issue your are laying, if you want to lodge a complain then visit nearest store where you are facing network related problem.” (and even they not had network related complain option in their 198 IVR that time.),

and proud to say that i have port out from Airtel.

April 13, 2016 12:57 pm 12:57 PM

In which network have you ported? I am currently using Vodafone in Kolkata and thinking of porting to Airtel to get better coverage of 4G. Have I taken wrong decision as after taking Airtel I have to wait 3 more months again to be ported out if the service is bad.

April 13, 2016 5:47 pm 5:47 PM

if you are looking for 4G then Wait for Reliance to launch,
as in my mobile i am able to see only reliance 4G network even in outside of KOLKATA.
and if you are looking for 2G then first find your need as in kolkata i found no network has full support.
if looking for cheap & best then go for DOCOMO else i thing VODA has better coverage than other but costlier in respect to there service

April 15, 2016 8:50 am 8:50 AM

For 2G I am already using Docomo as it has cheap plan for calling but in ofc inside coverage is too bad and most of the time I use to miss any important calls. For Internet purpose and receiving calls I am using Vodafone 4G but no 4G coverage at my ofc area and 3G network is too patchy during ofc hour.

April 13, 2016 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

Which area do you use it in Kolkata?

April 15, 2016 8:41 am 8:41 AM

I spend most of the time in ofc at Unitech and in this area the Vodafone 3G network is very patchy and I use to receive 3 to 4 KB per sec speed. Even in 2G I get better speed. This is common for all Vodafone users in this area during ofc hour. Sometimes ping is also not hapened properly.

Sanjit Roy
April 11, 2016 1:58 am 1:58 AM

@Sutripta Roy- Oh really they resolves the complaints of their customers? Exactly where you aprroched for your issues specifically network. Plz reply..

Sutripta Roy
April 11, 2016 10:41 am 10:41 AM

Just inside the washroom ! hehehehe