Day 1 Report: Spectrum Auction 2021

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Highlights

  • No takers for 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands
  • 2300 MHz band saw the most demand
  • All spectrum sold at reserve price only

The DoT has released the end of day report for Day 1 of the auction. A total of 4 clock rounds were completed between 10 Am and 6 Pm. Out of the total 2308.80 MHz of spectrum that was put up for sale, DoT has received bids for 849.20 MHz on day 1, which is 60% of the available spectrum excluding the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands which did not see any demand on day 1. Interestingly all spectrum that was sold, went at base price only, as the demand did not exceed the availability in any circle in any band in all 4 rounds.

In the 850 MHz band 60% of the total spectrum that was put up for sale attracted bids from the operators. The demand was less than the availability in all circles except for Jammu & Kashmir, North East and Assam which saw no bids.

In 900 MHz band, 35% of the total spectrum attracted bids. The demand was equal to availability in Gujarat and Kerala and less than the availability in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, North East, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, UP East and West Bengal circles. The remaining circles did not see any demand.

In the 1800 MHz band the demand was equal to availability in Odisha circle and less than the availability in all other circles except for Rajasthan which saw no bids in all 4 rounds.

In the 2100 MHz band the demand was less than the availability in Assam, North East and West Bengal circles, while all other circles did not attract any bids in all 4 rounds.

In the 2300 MHz band the demand was equal to the availability in all circles except Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kolkata, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu where the demand was less than the availability, but this is the only band which saw bids for all circles.

Even though there was no excess demand at the end of round 4, the bidding activity will continue tomorrow for maybe another 2 rounds which may be the last day of the Auction. We may see the provisional results as early as tomorrow.

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Esmail Beguwala

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Esmail is passionate about the Telecom spectrum, Broadband data services, and video streaming devices. When not writing an article, you can find him binge-watching shows on OTT apps, while sipping on a cup of coffee.

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The DoT has released the end of day report for Day 1 of the auction. A total of 4 clock rounds were completed between 10 Am and 6 Pm. Out of the total 2308.80 MHz of spectrum […]

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