Airtel acquires 111.6 MHz of prime spectrum across 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands

Bharti Airtel LogoBharti Airtel, has announced that it has acquired 111.6 MHz of prime spectrum across 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs. 29,130 crores. Of this, Rs. 17,618 crores has been spent on the renewal of existing spectrum while the balance Rs. 11,512 crores has been spent on procuring new spectrum.

Airtel has successfully renewed all its spectrum holdings in the 900 MHz band in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and North East circles. It has also acquired additional spectrum in the 900 MHz band in key leadership circles of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, North East, Assam, Bihar and Orissa.

Bharti Airtel has also acquired 1800 MHz spectrum across Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, Orissa, Haryana and North East. The Company has added to its spectrum holding in the 2100 MHz band by acquiring fresh spectrum in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh (East), Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Tamil Nadu circles.

Post the latest spectrum acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s spectrum mix will give it unmatched reach in the mobile data segment across 3G and 4G with a pan India footprint.

Also read: 2100MHz band final list of winning operators

Also read:  Provisional results of the spectrum auction

Also read: 900MHz band Final list of winners

The Company will be able to offer pan India 4G services using a combination of FD-LTE technology in the 1800 MHz band and TD-LTE roll-out in the 2300 MHz band. It will also be able to offer 3G across all markets with the exception of Kerala using a combination of 900 MHz and 2100 MHz.

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March 28, 2015 12:08 pm 12:08 PM

Airtel has brought 3G license in MP CG circle. So how months they require to update their network to 3G can anyone have any idea. Eagerly waiting for airtel 3G as icra with idea is not upto mark.Airtel has also planned to launch 4G on 1800Mhz by December this year. Can anyone tell how many months it requires to deploy 3G??

March 27, 2015 10:12 pm 10:12 PM

vodafone partially lost its 900Mhz chunk in UP(E) and Gujarat and have same or lesser amount of 1800Mhz bandwidth. They are certainly going to have a tough time.

Good to see Airtel and Idea are regained their everything.

March 27, 2015 3:14 pm 3:14 PM

b4 auction airtel and idea had 7.8 and 7.8 MHz each in our circle. After auction airtel now owns 10 MHz and Idea owns 5.6 MHz only. Maybe airtel has taken extra for launching 3G on 900 MHz in Punjab. Idea has 3G license in 2100 MHz here so wise deicision by them and airtel also which took 10 MHz. Voda stayed behind

March 27, 2015 4:21 pm 4:21 PM

Nothing to worry about VodafoneIN . Within 12 months another auction going to take place with 3 blocks of pan india 3G spectrum. VodafoneIN will not be left behind.