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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February 27, 2017 2:27 pm 2:27 PM

If tata merged with rcom

what happen to the 800mhz spectrum ?

tata continue to provide tata cdma service.

cdma get lte network like Verizon..

February 26, 2017 12:41 pm 12:41 PM

Telenor is Missing in 1800 Mhz sheet

February 26, 2017 4:11 pm 4:11 PM

Telenor is Airtel

Rakesh Kumar Sinha
February 26, 2017 3:59 pm 3:59 PM

I think Telenor is merged before clearence from govt like MTS india .

February 24, 2017 1:11 pm 1:11 PM

Can you give UPDATE regarding JIO – BSNL, 2G ICRA deal..?????????

February 27, 2017 6:50 pm 6:50 PM


any chances jio get 2g signals with rcom(aircel) or bsnl ??

rcom also offer 149 plan same as jio
but with 2am to 5am unlimited download.

M. M. Patwekar
February 23, 2017 8:33 pm 8:33 PM

Please reduce the column width size of 850MHz, 900 MHz and 2100 MHz data sheet so it will fit in mobile screen properly.

In 1800 MHz sheet put the Jio table after Idea and before Reliances because now Jio is the 4th largest operator after idea with a customer base of 100 Mn.

Also remove the unnecessary images OR links from the sheet which has no means as all we know the data sheet is only available at website.

Kumaresh TNK
January 24, 2017 10:35 am 10:35 AM

In Tamilnadu, Vodafone in their previous avatar, BPL Mobile provided service in 900MHz. And Airtel launched their service in 1800MHz. Your chart shows Airtel having spectrum in 900MHz and Vodafone having no Spectrum in 900MHz.

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.