Delhi, Mumbai spectrum won by Airtel, Vodafone

The Vodafone Group and Bharti Airtel won critical wireless telecom spectrum in metros like Delhi and Mumbai and several other cities in an intensely fought 10-day auction. Vodafone, whose licence in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata expires in November and needed spectrum in the auction to continue operations, put in Rs 19,600-crore bids to win 900 MHz airwave in the three metros and 2G 1800 MHz spectrum in 11 circles or zones.

Airtel, whose licences in Delhi and Kolkatta were due to expire in November, won back 900 MHz in both these metros and added the same in Mumbai. It also won 1,800 MHz spectrum in 15 circles.
It put in total bids worth Rs 18,530 crore for a total of 115 MHz of spectrum in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. The Sunil Bharti Mittal-promoted firm said it will roll out pan-India 4G network using 1800 MHz.

Idea was the only other company to win the 900 MHz spectrum, which is capable of 3G communications, in Delhi. Uninor won spectrum in five circles in 1800 MHz while Idea got 11 circles in this band. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications won just one 1800 MHz circle in Mumbai while Tata Communications drew a blank. Aircel got 5 circles.
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