Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata Tele and Aircel Apply for 1800 and 900Mhz Spectrum Auction

India’s leading mobile service provider  Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications (Rcom), Aircel and Tata Teleservices (Tata Docomo) today submited their applications for taking part in the 900mhz and 1800mhz GSM spectrum auction scheduled for February 3, 2014.

1800MHz and 900MHz Spectrum Auction 2014_ India

According to  an official source at DoT, Vodafone has filed the first application, followed by Airtel,   Reliance Communications, Tata Tele and Aircel.  It raising hopes at Department of Telecom that this round of auction of spectrum will see strong participation.

Near about 403 megahertz of 2G spectrum in the 1800 MHz band and about 45 MHz of spectrum in the premium 900 MHz band is being put up for auction by Department of Telecom (DoT).

Today i.e. 15th January is the last date for submitting the applications for Spectrum and telecom companies/ mobile operators have the option to withdraw them by January 27, 2014.

In the last round of auction of GSM spectrum was held in March 2013, none of the leading GSM operators or mobile service providers had bid for radiowaves, citing high reserve or base price.

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soumya
January 16, 2014 10:24 am 10:24 AM

IT WILL BE SURPRISE TO SEE WHICH CIRCLE DOES AIRCEL BIDS FOR. WHAT I KNOW THAT AIRCEL HAS PAN INDIA LICENSES BUT STILL THEY HAVE SCALED DOWN THEIR SERVICE IN FEW CIRCLE.. PLEASE COMMENT GUYS WHAT U PEOPLE FEEL….

Saurabh
January 16, 2014 4:29 pm 4:29 PM

@Soumya,

Aircel hasn’t entered to bid for any circle. They may add some spectrum where they are facing crunch means where they have more customers.. So adding 1 or 2MHz will solve that. They already are PAN-India and if they want to they can start services where they scaled down as they already have 4.4MHz of spectrum in all circles in 1800 MHz band.

Shiv
January 15, 2014 11:55 pm 11:55 PM

I keep on travelling across india, and with this I have came across few things in terms of network quality :–

1. Airtel is by far the best when it comes to network and even 3G network.
2. Reliance CDMA is almost at par.
3. IDEA has improved vastly, I mean places where even Vodafone and Airtel you get only one tower, IDEA is almost at full strength.
4. IDEA 3G can only be compared to Airtel, rest all other players are lot of catching to do.

Losers are gonna be:

1. RCOM
2. BSNL/ MTNL
3. LOOP
4. Aircel
5. All other B and C–Z grade telecom operators.

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