When DoT published the provisional results for spectrum auction 2021, it was revealed that Vodafone Idea has managed to bag only 11.8 MHz of spectrum spread across 5 circles in 2 frequency bands. This does not come as a surprise as it was clear from the amount of EMD deposited by the operator for the auction that it will be a fringe player and will only bid selectively for spectrum. The details of spectrum won by Vi is mentioned in the table below.
|Circle||900 MHz||1800 MHz|
|Uttar Pradesh (E)||0||1.4|
|Uttar Pradesh (W)||0||0.6|
We congratulate the DoT for the successful completion of the spectrum auction which was conducted in an absolutely flawless and smooth manner. Vodafone Idea lauds the Government’s efforts in taking Indian telecom sector from an era of spectrum scarcity to one of surplus spectrum. With sufficient spectrum availability and adequate number of market players, Indian telecom sector is well-positioned to drive the Digital India agenda.Vodafone Idea said in its press release
In the next few years, the industry readies to deploy 5G technology with India-specific use cases. We are hopeful that a large quantum of spectrum in globally harmonized bands, will be made available for all operators in the future as well as it would be at fair prices that allow operators to have the ability to rapidly roll out networks, the release added.
Vodafone Idea was already in a state of spectrum surplus before the start of the auction with a 1744 MHz spectrum footprint Pan India, which meant it didn’t have any urgency to top up its spectrum holdings. This coupled with the constant subscriber losses and the huge AGR payment dues further restricted the operator’s bidding capacity.