India targets more than Rs 80,000 cr revenues from 2G, 3G auctions

By January 6th, 2015 AT 12:37 PM

The 20-year licence for 900 MHz for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata circles lapsed, a month ago. But the same time, department of telecommunications (DoT) has approved to offer a 45-day extension (till January 14, 2015) to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone for migrating to new frequencies. So that users of the both telecom service providers will not impact till new licences are allotted.

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Recently, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) had rejected Vodafone India’s plea to extend the validity of the operator’s licences in the Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (East) circles. With this, the next round of auctions for spectrum is compulsory for mobile operators – Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication – as some of their licences are set to expire in 2015-16 and the government of India estimated revenues will be more than Rs 80,000 (Rs 64840 cr excluding 2100 MHz spectrum) of which Rs 16000 cr from 5 MHz of 3G spectrum in the 2,100 MHz band along with 2G bands (800, 900 and 1,800 MHz) in the auctions planned

For 2100 MHz, Union cabinet said that intent to put 2100 MHz to simultaneous auction may be announced along with auction of other bands. Details of this will be announced later on. The reserve price for 800 MHz is at Rs 3646 crore pan-India per MHz and for 900 MHz at Rs 3980 per band pan India excluding Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu & Kashmir.

Interestingly, a few days ago, the telecom regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 3G spectrum base price at Rs 2,720 cr per MHz pan-India for to be auctioned in February next year. As the Narendra Modi government planned to conduct 3G spectrum auction along with 2G spectrum sale in 2015. It had asked telecom regulator to expedite the base price recommendations for it.

“Department of telecommunications (DoT) requested Trai to expedite the process for its recommendations on the reserve price of 2100 Mhz band and related issues so that the auction of spectrum in this band could be conducted along with the auction of spectrum in the 800/900/1800 MHz bands scheduled in February 2015,” said the regulator, a month ago.

According to a presentation by DoT to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on November 13, and it expects to start bidding for spectrum by February 23.
Lastly, 5 MHz of spectrum in the 2100 MHz band used for 3G services in 17 circles, according to the department of telecommunications (DoT).

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Hope Aircel will Re-launch their 3G in kerala


This time expecting Tata Docomoto.invest more to stabelize the network in circles like Mumbai. Hope they will launch their 3G atleast in Mumbai.


That is unlikely, there are higher chances of idea outbidding docomo for the 2100MHz block in Mumbai.
The only way Tata can launch 3G in Mumbai is by riding on Reliance network just like Aircel is doing.

Adithya Vardhan
Adithya Vardhan

Is Aircel 3G really available in Mumbai on ICRA? I couldn’t see any 3G packs for Mumbai circle in the Aircel website


It is available, go enquire at the nearest Aircel gallery.


Spectrum costs in Mumbai are too high for docomo to bid for. As Esmail, its very likely that Idea will outbid them if they take part. Rest, no one else would be interested in mumbai circle as Vodafone airtel and reliance already has spectrum but they may consider increasing the amount.

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