Bharti Airtel acquires Augere Wireless in an attempt to consolidate its 4G footprint in India

Bharti Airtel Limited the largest operator in India by subscriber base and third largest operator in the world with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% equity stake in Augere Wireless Broadband India Pvt. Ltd. (“Augere”), which holds 20 MHz of BWA spectrum in the telecom circle of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (MPCG). Upon acquisition, Augere will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel.

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The acquisition is subject to necessary statutory and regulatory approvals. The company did not reveal the deal value but it is estimated to be around Rs.150 crores. Earlier this month, Bharti Airtel announced commercial launch of 4G services in 296 towns across India after testing the market in select cities. The telecom company had launched the first 4G network in Kolkata in April 2012.

Airtel had won 20MHz of spectrum in 2300MHz band 40 in the 4 circles of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata and Punjab in the 2010 BWA auctions. Later Airtel acquired 100% stake in Qualcomm India and made it a wholly owned subsidiary which gave it access to 20MHz of spectrum in in 2300MHz band in the 4 circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana. Now with the acquiring of 100% equity stake in Augere wireless, Airtel has gotten access to 20MHz of spectrum in 2300MHz band in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

This brings the total to 9 circles where Airtel has band 40 spectrum, other operators who have spectrum in the same band include Aircel which has spectrum in 8 circles and Tikona which has spectrum in 5 circles. Reliance Jio Infocomm on the other hand is the only operator to have Pan India footprint of liberalised 2300MHz spectrum.

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devesh
August 28, 2015 3:17 pm 3:17 PM

Happy to hear this that they are going to launch with 2300MHz band in MPCG as my dongle only support 2300MHz band frequency in 4g mode,(huawei e3276s-920) 🙂 but i will not use as their 4g pack will be too costly that i cant afford,waiting for jio 4g launch and also getting signal in manual search as “Loop Mobile(LTE)” 🙂

Hridoy
August 28, 2015 10:28 am 10:28 AM

Still Airtel doesn’t have 4G license in West Bengal circle.. Only reliance Jio is present in West Bengal

Joy
August 27, 2015 1:38 pm 1:38 PM

Knew about this earlier, as smaller operators are a failure in a big country like us. Very Happy To Know that AirTel has 2G,3G & 4G in our circle {MPCG}. AirTel has improved significantly in all aspects, I am very happy using AirTel 2G internet services, now excited to use AirTel 3G & 4G . This will definitely increase the number of customers, leading to No.1 position in MPCG circle overthrowing incumbent Idea.

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