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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Tarun Nishadraj
April 24, 2017 9:17 pm 9:17 PM

@esmail is jio using bsnl 1800mhz band 3 spectrum for 4g i am getting bsnl 2g only in 900mhz band 8 in MP circle.

April 22, 2017 5:54 am 5:54 AM

i like this article very much my primary number is on idea network but idea hold 1800mhz and 2100 mhz in it possible for idea to compit with airtel and jio to deliver speed like jio…??on almost 5 to 7mhz….

April 19, 2017 7:03 pm 7:03 PM

why lte band 5 only use by reliance group (rcom & jio)

total 800 spectrum (reliance cdma ,jio , mts, tata) is buyed only by reliance.

why no one(airtel or Vodafone) willing to buy lte band 5 for VoLTE rollout..

How reliance lte band 5 works

*lte band 5 in 10 mhz bandwidth


*jio band 5 in 3.5mhz + rcom in 2.5mhz + rcom(MTS) in 1.5mhz + rcom(tata) in 2.5 mhz


jio in 3.5mhz + rcom 6.5mhz.

too much spectrum in one band is good or bad ???

April 20, 2017 8:08 am 8:08 AM

My self one more question

JIO 3.75mhz and rcom 1.25mhz

By the name of spectrum sharing b/w them

Will they use 3.75+1.25=5mhz in andhrapradesh

Or individually

Jio use 3.75mhz
and rcom use1.25mhz

What is the entire sinario

Can u explain plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Email….. Esmail

April 21, 2017 7:27 pm 7:27 PM

It leads to network Interference If both Jio and Rcom uses same bandwidth in band5 right ?

April 24, 2017 9:34 pm 9:34 PM

I think that is the reason Jio’s LTE 850Mhz coverage range is very less compares to CDMA 850Mhz. We use to get reliance cdma signal every where but now at same places Jio signal not showing. (redmi note 3 band5 enabled).