India’s auction for Auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licence ended today with bids for pan-India licence touching Rs 12,850 crore with the government clocking a total revenue of Rs.38,543.31 crore.
According to the provisional results announced by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) telecom biggies Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular Tata Communication and Reliance Wimax Ltd have opted out of the race. The Infotel Broadband Services has won bid for all the 22 circles while Aircel won 8, Bharti Airtel and Qualcomm won in 4 circles, Tikona in 5 and Augere 1 circle.
The State operators BSNL and MTNL, which have already been given spectrum, ahead of the private players, will have to pay the equivalent of the winning bid in each service area.
According to the International Telecommunication Union, BWA can deliver download speed of 100 mbps to 1 gbps. However till date download speed of 70 mbps have been achieved in lab condition.
Leading telecom players Bharti Airtel, Reliance Wimax Ltd, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Augere Mauritius, Qualcomm, Infotel Broadband Services, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications, Tikona Digital Networks and Vodafone Essar participated in the BWA auction to acquire the two slots on offer.
The List of BWA Winners (Private Operators )-:
|Telecom Circle||Successful Operator||Winning Price (Rs crore)|
|Delhi||Infotel and Qualcomm||2,241.02|
|Mumbai||Infotel and Qualcomm||2,292.95|
|Maharashtra- Goa||Bharti Airtel and Infotel||915.64|
|Gujarat||Infotel and Tikona||613.85|
|Andhra Pradesh||Aircel and Infotel||1,059.12|
|Karnataka||Infotel and Bharti Airtel||1,543.25|
|Tamil Nadu||Infotel and Aircel||2,069.45|
|Kolkata||Infotel and Bharti Airtel||523.20|
|Kerala||Infotel and Qualcomm||258.67|
|Punjab||Bhari Airtel and Infotel||332.27|
|Haryana||Infotel and Qualcomm||119.90|
|UP East||Tikona and Infotel||142.50|
|UP West||Tikona and Infotel||183.87|
|Rajasthan||Tikona and Infotel||97.32|
|Augere and Infotel||124.66|
|West Bengal||Infotel and Aircel||70.97|
|Himachal Pradesh||Tikona and Infotel||20.66|
|Bihar||Infotel and Aircel||99.28|
|Orissa||Aircel and Infortel||63.63|
|Assam||Aircel and Infortel||33.02|
|North East||Infotel and Aircel||21.27|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Aircel and Infotel||21.27|