Bharti Airtel bags 355.45 MHz spectrum in auction 2021

Bharti Airtel bags 355.45 MHz spectrum in auction 2021

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Bharti Airtel today announced the acquisition of 355.45 MHz spectrum across 5 bands for a total consideration of Rs 18,699 crores in Spectrum Auction 2021 conducted by the Department of Telecom. Airtel has secured a pan India footprint of sub GHz spectrum that will help it improve its deep indoor and in-building coverage across urban areas and rural villages by offering Airtel’s services to another 90 million customers.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “At the outset, we would like to thank the Government for making abundant spectrum available for auctions. Airtel now has a solid spectrum portfolio that will enable it to continue delivering the best mobile broadband experience in India. We are most excited at bringing the power of Airtel services to an additional 90 million customers in India through the power of our Pan India Sub GHz footprint.”

Sub-GHz Spectrum

In the 850 MHz band, Airtel picked up spectrum across Haryana, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, and UP West. In the 900 MHz band, Airtel picked up spectrum across Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, North East, Odisha, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), UP East, and West Bengal. Airtel picked up a total quantum of 48.85 MHz in 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 9,457 crores.

Circle850 MHz900 MHz
Bihar03.4
Gujarat04.2
Haryana3.750
Himachal Pradesh02.6
Kerala04.6
Madhya Pradesh50
Maharashtra2.50
North East01.2
Odisha03.8
Tamil Nadu05
UP East05
UP West50
West Bengal02.8
Total16.2532.6

All figures are in MHz

Mid-Band Spectrum

In the 2100 MHz band, Airtel picked up spectrum across Assam, North East, and West Bengal. In the 1800 MHz band, Airtel picked up spectrum across Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), UP East, UP West, and West Bengal. Airtel picked up a total quantum of 86.6 MHz in the Mid-Band spectrum for a total consideration of Rs 6,172 crores.

Circle1800 MHz2100 MHz
Assam05
Bihar2.80
Himachal Pradesh4.80
Jammu &Kashmir100
Karnataka11.20
Kerala50
Kolkata10
Madhya Pradesh4.20
North East05
Odisha2.60
Punjab50
Tamil Nadu150
UP East3.20
UP West30
West Bengal3.85
Total71.615

All figures are in MHz

Capacity Spectrum

In the 2300 MHz band, Airtel picked up spectrum across Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, North East, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East, UP West, and West Bengal. Airtel picked up a total quantum of 220 MHz spectrum for a total consideration of Rs 3,070 crores.

Circle2300 MHz
Assam10
Bihar10
Gujarat10
Haryana20
Himachal Pradesh10
Jammu & Kashmir20
Kerala10
Madhya Pradesh10
Maharashtra10
North East10
Odisha10
Punjab20
Rajasthan20
UP East20
UP West20
West Bengal10
Total220

All figures are in MHz

The company feels it has a strong mid-band and capacity spectrum holding that will help it offer improved customer experience and enable it to offer 5G services in the future.

Airtel has called on the Government to address the pricing of the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz band on priority in the future to help the nation benefit. 700 MHz band despite having ample spectrum put to auction went unsold without any bids from any operators due to the high economic case for them due to high reserve prices.

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Vow! Great To Hear!

This Means We Will Get Good Speed???

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For better speeds, a tariff hike will help us a lot more than the spectrum auctions, imho... But for the tariff hikes, the ball is in the VoId's court, but they really have no balls to do so, instead of just saying, "We will never wait for anyone to hike tariffs" for like about 8 months...

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