After the third day of once touted to be the India’s biggest spectrum auction 2016, telecom operators committed to purchase Rs 60,969 crore worth of spectrum. Still, the super premium 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands received not a single bid. The majority of the bidding activity were in the 1,800MHz band, according to the report released by Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Indian top telcos can bid for spectrum in any band in any telecom circle [Oct 2016 auction]

Day 3 report on Spectrum Auction 2016

  • 6 rounds of bidding on day 3 taking the total rounds to 17.
  • No bids for 700 MHz and 900 MHz bands.
  • 850 MHz band – saw bidding in Gujarat, Punjab, and Rajasthan telecom circle.
  • 1800 MHz band – the most active band for telecos. New bids in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh east telecom circles. A maximum of 112 bids was received for Jammu & Kashmir telecom circle.
  • 2100 MHz band – new bids only in the Haryana telecom circle.
  • 2300 MHz band – strong demand in 19 telecom circles compared to 10 on day two auction. Intense bidding on Bihar, Maharashtra and Gujarat telecom circles.
  • 2500 MHz band – New bidding in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, North East, Odisha and Punjab telecom circles. The band can only be used for 4G services.

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