Spectrum auction 2015: 1800MHz Final list of winning operators

By March 27th, 2015 AT 3:51 AM

The 1800MHz band had a double significance in the recently concluded auction, for one it was a viable fall-back band for an operator who lost his 900MHz spectrum and needed an alternate band to continue its 2G services and the other it was usable for 4G services on FD-LTE platform with a mature ecosystem of devices. All operators who participated in the auction apart from Uninor bought spectrum in this band in one or more circles. Below is the list of operators and the circles in which they won 1800MHz spectrum along with the quantity won.

Operator Circle Quantity (MHz)
Bharti Airtel Andhra Pradesh 1.2
Haryana 3.4
Kolkata 2
North East 1.6
Odisha 6.2
Punjab 1
Vodafone India Gujarat 3.4
Kerala 1
Uttar Pradesh (E) 1.2
Idea Cellular Himachal Pradesh 4.8
Karnataka 1
North East 1
Odisha 5
Tamil Nadu 6.4
Uttar Pradesh (W) 2.2
Reliance communications Haryana 0.6
Karnataka 0.6
North East 5
Odisha 5
Punjab 0.6
Reliance Jio Haryana 4
Himachal Pradesh 5.4
Kolkata 5
Rajasthan 10
Tamil Nadu 0.6
Uttar Pradesh (E) 3
Aircel Tamil Nadu 10
Tata Teleservices Andhra Pradesh 2.6

Also read: 2100MHz band final list of winning operators

Out of the 7 circles where Rcom’s 900MHz licences are expiring in December 2015 it was able to win back 2 in the 900MHz band while in North East and Odisha circles it has bought 5MHz each in the 1800MHz band and will have to shift its operations from 900 to 1800MHz band.

Reliance Jio had 1800MHz spectrum in 14 circles and in this auction it has added 4 new circles and topped up its holding in two existing circles. Now Reliance Jio has 1800MHz spectrum in 18 circles.

Aircel added a chunk of 10MHz in this band in Tamil Nadu circle and this is the only spectrum it bought in the entire auction. The incumbent operators just topped up their existing holdings in the 1800MHz band.

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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Well, yesterday was a hectic day for me and all telecom fans. I was pretty disappointed to see that it was all the show of power where the smaller player got crushed. Here is the summary of results:- 1. Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were clear winners winning back all of their expiring spectrum and also snatching the reliance’s spectrum in some circles like Bihar 2. Vodafone and airtel expanded their 3G presence by adding many strategically important circles like karnataka for Vodafone and Gujarat for airtel. Idea also added an important circle of Kolkata 3. JIO now can launch 4G… Read more »


Hi Esmail… This is great work. Plz tell us How much spectrum Tata Docomo has aquired in Mumbai and Maharashtra circle in 800MHz?

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