Day four of telecom spectrum bids brings in Rs 86,000 crore


MUMBAI: While the government had set aside a reserve base price of Rs 49,000 crore for the ongoing auction of wireless spectrum, it has already received a massive Rs 86,000 crore from a total of 24 bids till 7 March. While some spectrum slots saw strong competitive bidding, other slots are yet to see the bidding, according to reports.

The spectrum auction is being conducted for airwaves in the 2100, 1800, 900 and 800 MHz bands. The validity of the spectrum is for a period of 20 years.

When compared to last year’s February 2014 auction, the government had received total bids of over Rs 62,000 crore. In the ongoing auction the first day itself collected Rs 60,000 crore!

This figure further rose to Rs 66,000 crore on 5 March, followed by Rs 77,000 on 6 March. Day four on 7 March meanwhile saw bids touching a massive Rs 86,000 crore. This figure is easily expected to touch to Rs 1 lakh crore on 9 March. The amount will vary depending on how much these telecom companies are willing to spend to hold on their present spectrum in the vital 900 MHz band. Companies will also keep an eye on 3G spectrum in 2,100 MHz band. The bands of 2,100 MHz is up on sale with a reserve price of Rs 3,705 crores per MHz. The two bands that may witness the highest bids are 800 MHz with reserve price of Rs 3,646 crores per MHz and 900 MHz with reserve price of Rs 3,980 crores. Besides, the government has fixed the reserve price at Rs. 2,191 crores for 1,800 MHz band.

According to a statement by Fitch Ratings, telcos are likely to cough at least $13 billion in the auctions - over 75 per cent of which is likely to be contributed by the top-four telcos i.e Bhararti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and the newest entrant Reliance Jio.

The top-three telcos - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular could cough up around $2.5 to $4.5 billion each to renew their expiring spectrum in six, seven and nine Indian circles respectively. On the other hand, Tata Teleservices and Uninor may either bid for few 3G frequencies or try and broaden the range of their 2G spectrum. Idea has been pushed to the wall clearly as it needs to retain its existing spectrum, which is expiring in circles that contribute around 70 per cent of its annual revenue.

Similar revenue contributes 45 per cent and 35 per cent of annual Indian revenue for Vodafone and Bharti, respectively. If these companies want to continue offering their services it is mandatory for them to bid for their spectrum as their permit is expiring in 2015-2016.

The ambitious Reliance Jio project, part of Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries, which plans to roll out its services in 2015 with an investment budget of $12 billion, is likely to fill its spectrum gaps in the 1,800MHz band. The Fitch report feels Jio will probably focus on data services using "long-term evolution" technology, with its ownership of 1,800MHz spectrum in 14 circles and a pan-India spectrum in 2,300MHz. However, as occasionally seen in the earlier auctions, Reliance Jio could push up the spectrum price in 900MHz for other telcos, if it chooses to do so, as the auction mechanism hides the identities of participants.

According to data by the Department of Telecommunications, Assam is the hot favourite with access demand in three circles it is available. Gujarat, Maharashtra, the North East, Punjab and Odisha circles are most sought after in the 800 MHz segment while West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh circles are a hit in the 900 MHz segment.

The total spectrum that the government put up for auction is 103.57 MHz in the 800 MHz band, 177.8 MHz in the 900 MHz band, 99.2 MHz in the 1800 MHz band and 85 MHz in the 2100 MHz band.

The eight telcos battling it out are Bharati Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Telewings Communications (Uninor), Aircel, Tata Teleservices, and Reliance Jio.

Latest Reads

Promax india 2019 announce their boot camp workshop with award winning creative director, Richard Holman

Last month, Promax India announced the innovative theme for their annual awards and conference as ‘The New Wave’.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Facebook announces AI for social good summit

With a vision to leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver social good, Facebook has announced its inaugural 'AI for India Summit' focused on discussing inclusive growth and solutions to the most enduring social challenges.

iWorld Social Media
RBNL’s chief financial officer Asheesh Chatterjee takes on the additional role of the company’s chief business officer

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL) announces the appointment of Asheesh Chatterjee in the role of ‘Chief Business Officer,’ in addition to his current responsibility of serving as ‘Chief Financial Officer’ of the company.

iWorld e-commerce
IPL 2019: YuppTV bags digital broadcast rights for Australia, continental Europe, south east Asia

YuppTV, the world’s leading OTT platform for South-Asian content, has acquired the digital broadcasting rights for Vivo IPL 2019 outside of India.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Airtel led broadband subscriber growth in Jan-19

The Sunil Mittal-promoted Bharti Airtel Ltd (Airtel) led broadband subscriber growth, both wired as well as wired internet, for the month ended 31 January 2019 (1 January 2019 to 31 January 2019, Jan-19) according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data for the period. In Jan-19.

iWorld Over The Top Services
T-Series beats PewDiePie to become world's top YouTube channel

After a heavy battle of several months, music label and production house T-Series has finally overtaken PewDiePie to become the top YouTube channel. T-Series now has 90.52 million subscribers, a little above the Swedish YouTuber’s 90.49 million.

iWorld Social Media
Netflix testing Rs 250 mobile-only subscription in India

Giant video-streaming service Netflix is believed to be experimenting with a mobile-only subscription for a select group of users in India. Rs 250 per month is what the streamer is hoping to charge for its mobile-only plan, half of its Rs 500 entry-level subscription price in the country.

iWorld Over The Top Services
ZEE Tamil, ‘Yaman’, ‘Vadacurry’ and more…the Best of Tamil content now available EXCLUSIVELY on ZEE5 in malaysia!

Recently launched streaming platform ZEE5 today officially announced that, starting 1st April 2019, ZEE’s much-loved channel ZEE Tamil will stream EXCLUSIVELY on the platform for audiences across Malaysia.

iWorld Over The Top Services
ZEE5 set to premiere Simmba - the biggest blockbuster of the year

In another summer surprise for its viewers, ZEE5announces world digital premiere of SIMMBA - the biggest entertainer of the year.

iWorld Over The Top Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories