Reliance Jio looking at spectrum swap deals with other willing operators

Reliance Jio the much talked about operator which is yet to launch commercial services in India is looking forward to spectrum swap deals for its newly acquired 800MHz spectrum with other operators holding spectrum in the same band. Jio acquired 800MHz spectrum in 10 circles for Rs. 7876.42 crore, where it bagged 5MHz in 9 circles and 3.75MHz in one circle. Jio plans to use this spectrum for deploying FD-LTE services, but for that to be successful there is a requirement for the spectrum to be contiguous. Jio was able to get contiguous spectrum only in 4 circles namely Mumbai, Assam, North East and Madhya Pradesh, while in the remaining circles it has non contiguous spectrum which is suitable only for voice but not for data.


Jio is hopeful that CDMA operators Rcom, Tata Docomo and MTS who are currently holding the 800MHz spectrum will be willing to swap it with Jio so as to get contiguous spectrum that will be beneficial to all. Whether or not Jio will need to pay a fee for liberalising the administratively allotted pre 2012 spectrum depends on the yet to be released spectrum sharing and trading guidelines which the DOT is supposed to release soon. Fresh 800MHz spectrum will only be available when the licences of BSNL come up for renewal in 2020 which is still 5 years away.

The notice inviting applications (NIA) for the recently concluded auctions had clearly mentioned the provision of spectrum swap deals between operators at mutually agreeable terms.

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April 7, 2015 3:17 pm 3:17 PM

Its shame on all operators Doesn’t know why India still don’t have country wide 4G LTE-A network even in 2015 thats the reason why India is a backward country

April 7, 2015 3:15 pm 3:15 PM

I Have tired to hear about Reliance jio 4G Laziness is the root cause behind this

March 31, 2015 10:38 am 10:38 AM

to Esmail-Now airtel has 2100MHz in MP circle which will be used to roll out 3g services in MP but can you tell me how many months or year they may take to launch?