India’s BWA Auction Ends, Infotel is Pan-India Winner

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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 CircleSuccessful OperatorWinning Price (Rs crore)
DelhiInfotel and Qualcomm2,241.02
MumbaiInfotel and Qualcomm2,292.95
Maharashtra- GoaBharti Airtel and Infotel915.64
GujaratInfotel and Tikona613.85
Andhra PradeshAircel and Infotel1,059.12
KarnatakaInfotel and Bharti Airtel1,543.25
Tamil NaduInfotel and Aircel2,069.45
KolkataInfotel and Bharti Airtel523.20
KeralaInfotel and Qualcomm258.67
PunjabBhari Airtel and Infotel332.27
HaryanaInfotel and Qualcomm119.90
UP EastTikona and Infotel142.50
UP WestTikona and Infotel183.87
RajasthanTikona and Infotel97.32


Augere and Infotel124.66
West BengalInfotel and Aircel70.97
Himachal PradeshTikona and Infotel20.66
BiharInfotel and Aircel99.28
OrissaAircel and Infortel63.63
AssamAircel and Infortel33.02
North EastInfotel and Aircel21.27
Jammu and KashmirAircel and Infotel21.27

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