Reliance Jio and Airtel Eye RCom’s Unsold 850 Mhz Spectrum: Report

By January 10th, 2018 AT 9:43 PM

After acquiring most of Reliance Communications’ spectrum along with fiber and tower assets, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm is reportedly targeting the Anil Ambani-led telco’s remaining unsold airwaves in the 850 MHz band. Bharti Airtel, however, is also eyeing RCom’s spectrum in the 850-Mhz band, which is considered suitable band for 4G services, according to a report by the Economic Times.


The Sunil Mittal-led telco may look at combining this spectrum with Tata Teleservices’s 850 MHz spectrum in some 18 circles. The merger between Airtel and Tata Teleservices’ mobility business is underway.

RCom’s unsold spectrum in the 850 Mhz band could be priced roughly at Rs3,500-4,000 crore, as per industry analysts.

Jio’s aspiration has gotten a push after the Telecom Commission’s approval to the sector regulator’s call for easing spectrum cap rules. “Jio possibly did not buy RCom’s entire spectrum holdings in the 850-MHz band last month as it could potentially have led to some spectrum cap breaches in the band,” a person was quoted as saying.

This spectrum, upon acquisition, would help Jio bolster its 4G network and to better compete with Airtel and the Idea-Vodafone combined entity.

The report said that the debt-ridden RCom has around 70 units of liberalised 850 MHz spectrum spread across 22 circles valid till July-September 2021. It added that the telecom operators might look at retaining a small part of its 850 MHz spectrum holdings for its enterprise customers.

The publication said that Vodafone India and Bharti Airtel are mulling over buying 60 units of RCom’s unsold but unliberalised 1800 MHz spectrum, valid till July-September 2021, in some circles. This spectrum, once liberalised, could be used for 4G services, and could be worth around Rs 1500 crore.

Jio, under the recently inked deal, is acquiring 122.4 MHz of 4G spectrum, 43,000 towers, 178,000 route kilometer of pan India optical fiber network and 248 media convergence nodes.

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You need to give them the exact location from Google maps. They usually check it via netvelocity which gives the nearest tower location as your location unless you have enabled gps and netvelocity has recognized your exact location.


Esmail :

> What about the CDMA spectrum of RCom?. Is it 800 MHz?

> Can 3G or 4G used on 900 MHz if liberalized (in case of BSNL)?

> Will BSNL start 4G using 700 MHz?


>Rcom CDMA spectrum was 850 MHz, which is now liberalised and being used for 4G by Jio through sharing agreement with rcom.
>Yes 900 MHz can be used for both 3G and 4G if liberalised.
>Depends on whether the government is interested in picking up equity in BSNL by giving them 700 MHz for 4G. There is no way that BSNL can afford to buy it of its own accord.


Same old question :

Does BSNL have plans to start 3G using 2G 900 MHz and start 4G using 3G 2100 MHz?


Esmail :

How did 850 and 900 MHz became technology neutral band that can be used for 2G, 3G or 4G?.

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