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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January 17, 2017 2:29 pm 2:29 PM

*what is Bsnl FMT?
*any SIP service available in India ? sip call to landline or mobile?
*Airtel have FMT -telephone call over WiFi in my mobile ???

Pushap Raj
January 9, 2017 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

Hi, Can you please share the frequencies available with operators post spectrum auction and spectrum harmonization.

Aitel and Jio user
January 7, 2017 9:48 am 9:48 AM

Can you provide separate excel sheet with detail and total which operator is having highest spectrum for all bands .

band 27
December 31, 2016 8:24 pm 8:24 PM

let assume 800 MHz frequently

one tower coverage vary depend upon the technology?

CDMA 15 km > gsm 10 km > LTE 5 km ?


all are same coverage distance ?

December 29, 2016 3:20 pm 3:20 PM

any operator using TD-SCDMA technology in india ?

many smartphone having TD-SCDMA ( Frequency band 34, 39 ) connectivity.

Anand Goyal
December 22, 2016 10:44 am 10:44 AM

can you please give a detailed 4G map of Delhi circle separately
In one map mention the capacity and in other mention the spectrum (and the quantity) that the operators are currently using
also plz tell if noida comes in delhi circle or not?
which operator has how many towers in delhi circle?

thank you

Sandeep Bhutani
December 22, 2016 10:20 am 10:20 AM

Some of the cells in the excell sheet are showing logo of telecomtalk. can these cells be considered as blank means no spectrum or is there any fugures which are masked by logo which is not removable. Pls clarify Regards

sandeep bhutani

December 13, 2016 11:40 am 11:40 AM

BOss plz do in-depth review regarding RJIO & RCOM spectrum trading and sharing deal, RJIO & BSNL 2G roming deal and BSNL 4G deal with JIO, RCOM+AIRCEL+MTS = AIRCOM deal advantages.

1. RJIO & RCOM shares only 850MHZ or in all spectrums bands (INCLUDING 900MHZ 2G, 2100MHZ 3G) .
2. Can i make VOLTE calls from RCOM by its TRADING & SHARING deal with JIO.
3. iF any did i forget to ask

December 18, 2016 3:12 pm 3:12 PM

1) RCom and RJio have trading/sharing only in 850MHz band but the agreement allows RCom to access Jio’s 1800/2300 MHz spectrum to provide capacity.
2) No, LTE core network is different between Jio and RCom, A separate software solution has to be utilised for RCom since it also needs to support the 2G/3G networks alongside 4G. Hence a new deal must be signed between RCom and one of the network solution providers to enable VoLTE on RCom network.
3) Go ahead and ask.

December 13, 2016 1:47 am 1:47 AM

Jio Has Won Band 3 1800Mhz In J&K Circle Also..When Will It Go Live Here?How Much Time Does It Normally Take?Please Reply

December 2, 2016 6:13 pm 6:13 PM

RJIO 1800mhz spectrum won or not in UP west …if won 1800mhz live or not in UP west

Kirti Khurana
December 2, 2016 9:39 pm 9:39 PM

Jio had now minimum of 5 MHz of band 3 spectrum in all respective circles