Spectrum auction 2015 Day 4 summary: 800MHz demand in North East and Assam grows

By March 8th, 2015 AT 12:18 AM

towerThe spectrum auction completed 7 rounds of bidding on day 4, bringing up the total to 24 rounds since the start of the auction process. The 800MHz band is growing in popularity especially in the C category circles of Assam and North East, mainly because the price of spectrum in these circles is comparatively lower than A and B category circles and the number of towers here is lesser which is why a lower frequency spectrum will be of greater significance.

Other circles in which the demand for 800MHz is higher than the supply is Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab. In the 900MHz band, things are getting steadier with surplus demand being only in Assam, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal. In 1800 MHz band things have steadied out with demand being equal to the number of blocks available in Andhra Pradesh circle. In 2100MHz bands, we saw fresh bids in the circles of Assam, North East and Rajasthan at the increased prices.

The interesting fact that we noticed is that Reliance communications are most likely bidding for 800MHz as well, since there was a bid for just 2 blocks in 800MHz band in Jammu & Kashmir circle and no other operator that is participating in this auction holds any spectrum in 800MHz band in Jammu & Kashmir circle which implies they would need to bid for a minimum of 4 blocks and be treated as a new operator as far as that frequency in that circle is concerned. This also indicates that Rcom could have bid for 2 blocks in Assam and North East circles as well where it only has 2.5MHz as of now.

Also read: Spectrum auction 2015 Day 1 report, Spectrum auction 2015 Day 2, Spectrum auction Day 3 report

Rcom still has validity for another 10 to 12 years for its existing 800MHz spectrum in these circles and may use the newly acquired spectrum to offer EvDO Rev.B for the initial few years and can later even pay a fee to get its entire 800MHz spectrum liberalised and use it for offering FD-LTE.

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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800 MHZ is very good frequency band for providing data services over the EVDO platform but the companies that hold these spectrum are not utilizing them properly traditionally speaking in india we prefer mobile over landlines thus high speed internet should be mobile too the 3G and 4 G telecom companies will always sell data at very premium prices and will not be unlimited in any way ever . but the 800 MHZ CDMA frequency has the potential to offer the unlimited data at high speeds . and this can replace the traditional ADSL Broadband and FTTH connections which are… Read more »

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86,000 crore what happening there? , what about call rates after auction? Pls any one say?

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