Pan India 2016 spectrum holding chart (updated)

The recently concluded largest ever auction has redrawn the mobile spectrum map of India. The latest auction has paved way for the entry of a new 3G operator in at least 6 circles, also there has been enough capacity created for a new 4G entrant in all 22 circles. Accordingly we have updated the Pan India spectrum holding data sheet, where all figures represented are in MHz. Please note that the spectrum depicted in the 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands is paired while that in 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands is unpaired. Also note that during the merging of the erstwhile Chennai telecom circle with Tamil Nadu circle, the validity of the spectrum held by operators across the two circles was extended to whichever was expiring later.

New changes in spectrum holding data after October 2016 auction

  • Reliance Jio won 850MHz spectrum 4 circles, 1800 MHz in 8 circles and 2300 MHz in 16 circles
  • Bharti Airtel won 1800 MHz spectrum in 8 circles, 2100 MHz in5 circles and 2300 MHz in 13 circles.
  • Idea cellular won 1800 MHz spectrum in 12 circles, 2100 MHz in 4 circles, 2300 MHz in 3 circles and 2500 MHz in 16 circles.
  • Vodafone India won 1800 MHz spectrum in 11 circles, 2100 MHz in 7 circles and 2500 MHz in 15 circles.
  • Reliance communications lost 1800 MHz spectrum in Gujarat and won it in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Tata Docomo managed to retain its 1800 MHz spectrum in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh circle.
  • Aircel won 1800 MHz spectrum in Bihar.

For more detailed information about each band, check out our Handy guide to frequency bands used for telecommunication in India.

Abiding by the spectrum holding cap rules laid down by DOT, an operator can own the right to use spectrum only  in a quantum less than or equal to 50% of the available spectrum in a particular band in a given licence area (circle) and less than or equal to 25% of the total available spectrum across all bands put together in a given licence area.

Note: Manual work was involved in preparation of the chart and errors may have crawled in. Please report any errors you find through comments below

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November 13, 2018 12:00 pm 12:00 PM

Google doc error!!!! Not showing chart

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 13, 2018 1:43 pm 1:43 PM

Use Firefox.

November 10, 2018 2:53 pm 2:53 PM

It is very possible for jio to get 20 MHz in band 3.
If they acquire all the available spectrum organically and inorganically in band 3 and wait till 2021 then they can get residual spectrum from avoid which will be getting expired and auctioned then.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 12, 2018 5:46 am 5:46 AM

2021 has still lots of time. Question is about now. They can’t achieve what you said. They should try to get30Mhz in band 40 atleast.

November 12, 2018 10:50 pm 10:50 PM

Full capacity of 5CA I mean

November 12, 2018 10:49 pm 10:49 PM

In future hopefully jio gets 100 MHz of 4G spectrum comprising 60 MHz in band 40; 20 MHz in band 3 and 5 each.
5CA technology can be deployed then.
Looks fictional though.
I daydream a lot.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 13, 2018 1:45 pm 1:45 PM

Band 1/41 should be target for Jio. After above targets.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 13, 2018 1:44 pm 1:44 PM

60 MHz in band 40 this is possible. Even 70Mhz is possible right now by looking at crying Airtel. 20 MHz in band 3 and 5 each not possible. There is no spectrum available in these bands.

November 10, 2018 2:45 pm 2:45 PM

As written in frequency guide, that 17.5 MHz is available in band 5 and 2.5 MHz is inter operator guard band so if jio acquires all the spectrum in band 5 then that
guard band can also be allocated to jio for deploying 4G making 20 MHz contiguous in most circles if not all?????