Spectrum auction 2015: 800MHz band Final list of winning operators

The 800MHz band was the ‘Googly’ of the recently concluded auctions. Before this auction, no other operator had shown interest in bidding for spectrum in this band. The Feb 2012 order in which Supreme Court had quashed 122 newly awarded licences included 21 licences of MTS in 800MHz band. MTS had stayed away from the Nov 2012 auction citing high reserve price of 800MHz band and requested for extension of current licences, even Tata Docomo and Videocon who had submitted applications for participation in 800MHz band in 2012 had withdrawn for the same reason.

In March 2013 MTS was the only participant in the 800MHz auction and won 3.75MHz in 8 circles. MTS was under the impression that if it did not participate for this current auction, the government will be forced to reduce the price of 800MHz spectrum further. But much to the surprise of everyone, Reliance Jio bid aggressively for spectrum in this band and Reliance communications and Tata Docomo also bagged some spectrum in some circles.

Below is the list of operators and the circles in which they won 800MHz along with the quantity won.

Operator Circle Quantity (MHz)
Reliance Jio Assam 5
Bihar 5
Haryana 5
Himachal Pradesh 5
Jammu & Kashmir 5
Madhya Pradesh 5
Mumbai 5
North East 5
Odisha 5
Uttar Pradesh (E) 3.75
Reliance Communications Assam 5
Gujarat 2.5
Haryana 1.25
Himachal Pradesh 2.5
Jammu & Kashmir 2.5
Kolkata 1.25
North East 5
Odisha 1.25
Punjab 2.5
Uttar Pradesh (W) 1.25
West Bengal 1.25
Tata Teleservices Andhra Pradesh 3.75
Delhi 1.25
Haryana 1.25
Maharashtra 2.5
Mumbai 2.5

Reliance Jio has bagged contiguous blocks of 5 MHz in 9 circles and 3.75 MHz in one circle. The new 800MHz holding along with the existing and new 1800MHz acquisition will give Jio a coverage in 20 of the 22 telecom circles to augment its pan India 2300MHz holding which faces coverage issues. The newly won 800MHz spectrum by Rcom ensures that it has at least 5MHz of spectrum in each of the 22 circles in this band which will enable it to expand its Pro3 Rev.B footprint and launch FD-LTE in the future. Tata Teleservices also bought top up spectrum in the circles where their 800MHz licences will be expiring in 2018, to secure the continuity of their operations in these circles. MTS has now declared that they will look forward to the yet to be announced spectrum trading and sharing guidelines to decide the further course of expansion to pan India level.

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January 5, 2016 4:18 pm 4:18 PM

800 Mhz CDMA in run Evdo or 4G LTE in Bihar circle time now you ?launching month of 2016
I am Rim user but not run 3g or 4G
Data . Run only 1x data

March 28, 2015 12:07 am 12:07 AM

No takers for 800MHz in TN Circle. Thats too bad…

March 27, 2015 9:01 pm 9:01 PM
What tata want to do?? Mr Esmail and RDB Please answer this. I remember few year back tata had return back EXCESS 800mhz spectrum in all circle expect Mumbai and Delhi leaving only 1.25mhz?? Reason was to avoid paying more spectrum fee?? Now they grab more spectrum in 5 circle. Can I guess that tata want to be enter into 4g in these circle??? Or this spectrum is more useful as its under liberalized rule unlike older one which they force to use only in 800mhz. Also hint is that in almost every circle tata virtually stop selling CDMA prepaid… Read more »