Govt to get around 202 MHz spectrum from harmonized 1800 Mhz band: Report

The harmonisation of the 1800 MHz band will provide around 202 MHz spectrum to the country’s telecom department (DoT) by early next month, according to a PTI report, which also added that the first phase of spectrum harmonization will soon be completed.


The government in January this year allowed setting up a Defence Band for keeping certain spectrum for exclusive use by security forces, while making available the remaining spectrum for commercial use. The newly released airwaves will be put for auction around mid-July, which may fetch the government a whopping Rs 5.36 lakh crore, the report added.

The Telecom Commission has already discussed the recommendations by the telecom regulator for the reserve price and quantum of spectrum to be put for sale. The Trai had earlier submitted recommendations for base price for spectrum in seven bands, including 700 Mhz band, which will be auctioned for the first time.

The regulator recommended a record high base price of Rs 11,485 crore per Mhz for the 700 Mhz band. However, the inter-ministerial panel has sought some clarifications from Trai regarding the band.
The telecom regulator is expected to reply on this next week.

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April 19, 2016 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

When this spectrum is put up on auction, its pretty obvious that any one from AVOID group will purchase it. I don’t think any smaller operator now has enough cash and interest to invest more here. Already telenor are in process of exiting India and they are looking for some buyer but as per ET, its spectrum is all the gold it has, its subscribers are low end ARPU ones so not of much use for the buyer. India telecom market is fast progressing to become big boys lobby where smaller will get in via MNVOs route.

Niranjana NK
April 18, 2016 8:14 am 8:14 AM

Wonderful! Do you guys have any state/circle wise details?

Mahmood Junaid
April 18, 2016 12:19 pm 12:19 PM

The information you are looking for is available in the article in TRAI website dated 27th Jan 2016. Specifically in page 21 and 22
Kerala has just 2.35mhz…. J&K comes at the top with about 32.3mhz.. The article is about pricing recommendation for all bands to be put on auction.. You can find it in the NEWS AND UPDATES section in the NOTIFICATION bar at the top of trai website.

Niranjana NK
April 19, 2016 6:21 pm 6:21 PM


April 18, 2016 8:45 am 8:45 AM

You will have to wait for DOT to release the notice inviting applications (NIA) for the July auctions which will contain the details you are looking for.

April 19, 2016 12:47 am 12:47 AM

1) How are the operators allotting spectrum to Chennai and Tamilnadu where the MNC of 4 oldies – Aircel, airtel, BSNL and vodafone are different?.

2) In general : How can a operator manage a inroaming customer with the existing spectrum?.

Sukumar Patel
April 18, 2016 5:33 am 5:33 AM

What is spectrum harmonization?

April 18, 2016 8:43 am 8:43 AM
Band 3 which is 1800MHz has a total capacity of 75MHz out of which 55MHz belongs to department of telecommunication and 20MHz belongs to the defence ministry. Now this spectrum allocation is not like the first 55MHz is with the DOT and the later 20MHz is with defence, so the allocation is mixed up and either of the two hold spectrum at any point in the band which is why there are limited chunks of contiguous spectrum. Also different operators hold spectrum in blocks of 200KHz in different parts of the spectrum band so again that’s a road block in… Read more »
April 19, 2016 12:44 am 12:44 AM

What about the 1900 MHz?.

April 19, 2016 12:53 am 12:53 AM

DOT had only 15MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band which it traded with the defence to get 15 MHz of spectrum in the 2100 MHz band which it will auction in July.

April 19, 2016 1:10 am 1:10 AM

Is GSM 850 MHz band really used in India or is it overlaped by the 900 MHz band?.

April 19, 2016 1:44 am 1:44 AM

in India 850MHz till now has been used for CDMA EvDO and will now for the first time be used for LTE this year. It has not been used for GSM operations and only 5MHz of the band overlaps with 900MHz band.

April 19, 2016 8:50 am 8:50 AM

How are the operators airtel, aircel, BSNL and vodafone distributing the spectrum to Chennai and Tamilnadu?. Because their MNCs are different know?. They will get a single spectrum called ‘Tamilnadu circle’. Then?.

April 19, 2016 9:15 am 9:15 AM

Yes all spectrum for erstwhile Chennai and Tamilnadu circle is now merged into a single Tamilnadu circle.

April 19, 2016 6:30 am 6:30 AM

CDMA is based on 800 MHz. Right?.

April 19, 2016 8:25 am 8:25 AM

CDMA in India is on 850 MHz also known as band 5. 8oo MHz also known as band 20 is used in Europe not in India.

April 19, 2016 1:08 am 1:08 AM

1) How are the operators allotting spectrum to Chennai and Tamilnadu where the MNC of 4 oldies – Aircel, airtel, BSNL and vodafone are different?.

2) In general : How can a operator manage a inroaming customer with the existing spectrum?.

April 19, 2016 1:08 am 1:08 AM

I think the full band 1900 MHz can be given to defence in exchange of the 20 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz band.

April 19, 2016 1:41 am 1:41 AM

A great portion of the uplink frequency of 1900 MHz band overlaps with the downlink frequency of 1800 MHz band so it is not possible to exchange the 20 MHz of defence spectrum for commercial telecom use.

April 19, 2016 1:40 pm 1:40 PM

That’s unfair bro 😛 You answered so many silly questions of his & yet didn’t reply to what I asked above 😀

April 19, 2016 2:40 pm 2:40 PM

I do not have a link to that either, but hopefully before the July auctions all operators will have contiguous spectrum in all bands. Since spectrum in bands 1, 40, 41 was already contiguous when auctioned and bands 3 and 5 are currently being harmonised. Band 8 has hardly any operators mostly the incumbents and most of the spectrum there is contiguous too. Band 28 is yet to be auctioned and will again be put up in chunks of 5MHz contiguous like band 1.

April 19, 2016 1:07 am 1:07 AM

So the defence also has 20 MHz spectrum in 1800 MHz as per your previous response?.

April 19, 2016 1:17 am 1:17 AM

Defence has been allocated the following quantum of spectrum in each band:
10 MHz paired in 700 MHz band
5 MHz paired in 850 MHz band
1.2 MHz paired in 900 MHz band
20 MHz paired in 1800 MHz band
15 MHz paired in 1900 MHz band
15 MHz paired in 2100 MHz band
20 MHz unpaired in 2300 MHz band

April 18, 2016 11:49 am 11:49 AM

Thanks, but how does 55 Mhz of spectrum suddenly become 202Mhz?

April 18, 2016 12:44 pm 12:44 PM

It does not became
202 MHz many be for different circle & every circle had total 55 MHz

Mahmood Junaid
April 18, 2016 12:41 pm 12:41 PM

The 55mhz he talked about is for each circle… The 202mhz is the total pan india by adding small chunks in 22 circles

April 18, 2016 10:33 am 10:33 AM

Nice explanation. I’ve searched a lot for the spectrum assignment within a band, which operators have contiguous spectrum & which ones don’t, but could never find the information. Do you have any link or document?