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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Arjun | mumbai-pune-nasik
September 21, 2018 4:50 pm 4:50 PM
Quoted from @ Adil Wadia… I have a question. Jio has the best spectrum allocation to broadband on mobile, and also the best positioned sub Ghz with Band 5 spectrum nationwide. Why is Jio network poor in strength 24 hours a day when outside of a km radius from the tower. When close to the tower Band 40 should be the best, but it is not. If load was a factor affecting performance, then signals from tower should broadcast further afield during the night and speeds should be exponentially better during off peak hours. Even in Bombay city with 10… Read more »
ashvik
September 22, 2018 7:55 pm 7:55 PM

When i raised appellate network ticket with jio, one network tech guy called me. When i asked the same question he said they reduced band5 signal transmission power as load on band is more than 95% most of the time.

Adil Wadia
September 23, 2018 9:27 pm 9:27 PM

I got the same reason from their Network manager one year ago. Why can’t they just pump up the power on Band 40 like before. Till about one year ago Band 40 was available at over 2.5 Km from the tower in rural area and working great. The phones did not switch to lower bands in the village, wonder what advice was given to Jio to reduce power on all bands….. Question is, has Jio given us the real reason for poor network performance or is the real reason something else….

Chandra
September 21, 2018 7:42 am 7:42 AM

I used to get 850 MHz (band 5) band LTE on my Redmi Note 4 with SD 625 at my home but now with Redmi Note 5 Pro I’m getting either 1800 MHz ( band 3) or 2300 Mhz (band 40) LTE band (with poor signal, with band 5 I used to get full signal) .

Please tell me why is that. Does SD 636 prefer 1800 and 2300 MHz band compared to 850 MHz.

Also is there any method to get band 5 LTE on RN 5 Pro?

ashvik
September 22, 2018 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

Jio reducing band5 signal range where it has high load, this might be happend at the same time when you upgraded to new mobile.

Chandra
September 24, 2018 6:59 pm 6:59 PM

yes you’re right i called customer care they said some upgradation is going on at my place

also i checked jio sim with RN3, same thing is happening

now let’s see how much time i’ve to wait to get 850MHz LTE

adil wadia
September 22, 2018 1:19 am 1:19 AM

root your device and lock your band. When I used Jio as my primary number I used to lock the bands depending on the location. Not anymore because I moved back to Vodafone and use Jio only as a data card on my Jiofi in direct line of sight to the tower…..

Chandra
September 22, 2018 7:54 am 7:54 AM

is there any other method without rooting?

Adil Wadia
September 22, 2018 7:29 pm 7:29 PM

mediatek devices have a hidden menu that can lock bands, but it will not work if the OEM has disabled the function in the hardware. Qualcomm devices need rooting to lock bands.

adil wadia
September 20, 2018 11:28 pm 11:28 PM
I have a question. Jio has the best spectrum allocation to broadband on mobile, and also the best positioned sub Ghz with Band 5 spectrum nationwide. Why is Jio network poor in strength 24 hours a day when outside of a km radius from the tower. When close to the tower Band 40 should be the best, but it is not. If load was a factor affecting performance, then signals from tower should broadcast further afield during the night and speeds should be exponentially better during off peak hours. Even in Bombay city with 10 MHz, indoor coverage is now… Read more »
Arjun | mumbai-pune-nasik
September 21, 2018 4:44 pm 4:44 PM

I too had the exact same question in mind! Wow! Hope Esmail or some other expert would kindly and surely answer’s this. This is really important for many of us.

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