Airtel now holds the largest spectrum portfolio amongst all private operators in India

Airtel now holds the largest spectrum portfolio amongst all private operators in India

Highlights
  • Airtel has the largest overall spectrum portfolio of 2107.1 MHz
  • Jio has the largest sub-GHz spectrum holding of 395 MHz
  • Vi has the second largest overall and smallest sub-GHz holding

Year 2021 has been truly unique for the telecom sector, where the mock auction lasted longer than the actual spectrum auction. Now that the dust is settling on all the action, we at OnlyTech have been evaluating the overall spectrum portfolio of all 3 private telcos. Before the auction, Vodafone Idea prided itself for owning the largest Sub-GHz and overall spectrum holding Pan India but this auction has reshuffled the pecking order and Vi no longer holds the crown.

Sub GHz spectrum portfolio:

Spectrum held by telecom operators in frequency bands lower than 1 GHz is termed as sub GHz spectrum. This includes the holdings in 700 MHz, 850 MHz and 900 MHz bands. After the current auction ended, Jio now boasts the largest Sub GHz footprint of 395 MHz Pan India, followed by Airtel with 340.6 MHz and lastly Vi with 282.4 MHz. The circle-wise sub GHz portfolio of all 3 operators is given in the table below.

CircleViAirtelJio
AP1025.512.5
Assam01610
Bihar022.420
Delhi2014.517.5
Gujarat228.420
Haryana24.41020
HP02020
J & K012.410
Karnataka1017.620
Kerala24.89.220
Kolkata141420
MP & CG14.81020
Maharashtra281020
Mumbai221525
North East02010
Odisha1022.420
Punjab11.22020
Rajasthan12.81220
Tamil Nadu101020
UP East11.222.420
UP West22.41010
West Bengal14.818.820
Total282.4340.6395
All figures are in MHz
Airtel now holds the largest spectrum portfolio amongst all private operators in India

Overall Spectrum Portfolio:

The overall spectrum portfolio includes the spectrum holding of the operators across all frequency bands including 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz bands. After the current auction ended, Airtel holds the largest spectrum portfolio with 2107.1 MHz Pan India, followed by Vi with 1768.4, and ironically Jio which won the largest quantum of spectrum in the auction still has the smallest overall spectrum holding among the three. The circle-wise sub GHz portfolio of all 3 operators is given in the table below.

CircleViAirtelJio
AP43.2108.372.5
Assam80106.970
Bihar55.6118.480
Delhi71.278.577.5
Gujarat113.688.480
Haryana1069080
HP42.410080.8
J & K54102.470
Karnataka50107.680
Kerala114.879.280
Kolkata846480
MP & CG929080
Maharashtra122.89080
Mumbai91.27785
North East81.610070
Odisha74101.280
Punjab71.210080
Rajasthan82.810280
Tamil Nadu62.810080
UP East91.2104.480
UP West92.410070
West Bengal91.698.881.2
Total1768.42107.11717
All figures are in MHz

Please note: Holding in FDD bands (700/850/900/1800/2100 MHz) is paired and is thus multiplied by 2 to bring it at par with TDD bands (2300/2500 MHz) unpaired holdings. All figures mentioned in the tables exclude the spectrum holdings that are set to expire this year up to December 2021. The entire spectrum holding of Jio is liberalised while some amount of spectrum held by Airtel and Vi is still unliberalised and will expire in 2024. For the complete details of band-wise and circle-wise spectrum holdings of all operators please refer to our Pan India 2021 Spectrum Holding sheet.

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Good Article, but it’s important to take in Consideration your home Circle Spectrum holding... Like for West Vi seems to be dominant player...

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