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.
|Bharti Airtel||Andhra Pradesh||1.2|
|Uttar Pradesh (E)||1.2|
|Idea Cellular||Himachal Pradesh||4.8|
|Uttar Pradesh (W)||2.2|
|Uttar Pradesh (E)||3|
|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.
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.