Reliance communications becomes first operator to possess pan India contiguous 800MHz spectrum

By March 27th, 2015 AT 5:03 PM

Reliance communications have declared that in the recently concluded auction it has emerged as the only operator to now possess Pan India contiguous 800MHz spectrum upwards of 5MHz. Rcom plans to use this spectrum for a large scale FD-LTE rollout. Rcom has licences in 7 circles in 900MHz band which are expiring in December 2015, out of which it has managed to win back 900MHz spectrum in Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and 1800MHz spectrum in Odisha and North East circles.


In the 3 circles of West Bengal, Assam and Bihar Rcom could not win back any spectrum. Rcom says that the 3 circles that it lost contribute to 7.1% of its total telecom revenue in India and they have accelerated the process of migrating the current subscribers in these circles from 2G to 3G to prevent any disruption of services. Rcom spent a total of Rs. 4,299 crores and has to make an upfront payment of Rs. 1,106 crores to the government before 31st March.
The band wise, circle wise new spectrum acquired by Rcom is as follows.

800 MHz Band
Circle Amount of Spectrum
Assam 5 MHz
North East 5 MHz
Gujarat 2.5 MHz
Haryana 1.25 MHz
Himachal Pradesh 2.5 MHz
Jammu & Kashmir 2.5 MHz
Odisha 1.25 MHz
UP (West) 1.25 MHz
Kolkata 1.25 MHz
Punjab 1.25 MHz
West Bengal 1.25 MHz

Reliance 900 Mhz Band

900 Mhz Band
Circle Amount of Spectrum
Himachal Pradesh 5 MHz
Madhya Pradesh 5 MHz


Reliance 1800 Mhz Band

1800 MHz Band
Karnataka 0.6 Mhz
Odisha 5 Mhz
North-East 5 MHz
Punjab 0.6 Mhz
Haryana 0.6 Mhz

Rcom now has more than 5MHz of 800MHz spectrum which is ideal for launching FD-LTE (4G) services, but only the newly won spectrum is liberalised and can be used for 4G. If Rcom wishes to use its older 800MHz for 4G it will have to pay a onetime fee to DOT to liberalise its entire spectrum holding in that band. In any case, they will be open to the spectrum sharing and trading deals that will come to the table once DOT finalises the guidelines for the same.

Physiotherapist by day and techno buff by evening, Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He has a keen eye for the Mobile data and DTH segments.

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hasmukh navadiya
hasmukh navadiya

two month ho gaya abhi tak 4g internet service sharu nahi huva isse evdo service achchhaa tha 4g ka network problem hai cdma sab jagah network aa raha tha kuch karo rcom

Pankaj Kumar
Pankaj Kumar

I am using Reliance CDMA, from last 2-3 days I am getting message from RM-615125:-
Dear Customer, shortly we will upgrade to 4G network. Please migrate to Reliance GSM through INP. Visit nearest retailer or FOFO and avail exciting GSM offers. RCOM.
Is Reliance CDMA will closed we have to MNP to other network.
Please inform.

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