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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Kirit Patel
December 7, 2017 7:52 pm 7:52 PM

@Esmail….Please explain that JIO has 5 MHZ in Band 5 + Reliance 2.5 MHZ in Band 5 + MTS acquired 3.75 MHZ in Band 5 in Gujarat, it is total 11.25 MHZ, than why JIO band 5 network on only 5 MHZ in Gujarat?

Adil Wadia
November 24, 2017 1:24 pm 1:24 PM

would anyone know if Jio is using 10 Mhz on Band 5 in any circle other than Mumbai?

Gursimran singh
December 5, 2017 12:12 pm 12:12 PM

few days back it change to 10 mhz from 5 mhz .. in punjab .

December 14, 2017 7:06 pm 7:06 PM

Gursimran Singh what speed do you get now on band 5 with 10mhz?

November 25, 2017 10:56 am 10:56 AM

In M.P circle jio using band 5 10mhz.

November 18, 2017 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

If idea and Vodafone merge together then will they add their spectrum bw to increase its capacity? For example, Idea use band 3 10mhz out of 10.8mhz bw for 4g in HR Circle and voda have 4.9mhz in HR Circle. So after merge can I except that voda and idea will provide 4g in Haryana circle with 15mhz bw under band 3? Weather i recharge voda or idea i would be served with 15mhz bw under band 3, right?

Kirti Khurana
November 24, 2017 8:14 pm 8:14 PM

*after merger they will also serve 4G on Band 1 BW 10 MHz

Kirti Khurana
November 24, 2017 8:13 pm 8:13 PM

yes but only after full merger.

November 25, 2017 3:18 pm 3:18 PM

what do you mean by full merge? One has two end its business completely? What I know is that both companies will operate under their brand name. So that does not consider full merge?

December 3, 2017 4:02 pm 4:02 PM

I believe operating with two brands will increase costs. I believe they will operate under one brand. I guess the brand name would be Idea.