Vodafone on Friday announced it spent $3.2 billion in India's spectrum auction.
The operator agreed to pay a total of 196.45 billion rupees (£1.9 billion) for 49 MHz of 1800-MHz spectrum spread across 11 telecom service areas, or circles, and 23 MHz of 900-MHz spectrum covering Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
"Vodafone India has established a strong platform for 4G data services by buying 1800-MHz spectrum in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala, which account for more than 50% of data revenues and are expected to drive the adoption of 4G as was the case after the introduction of 3G services in 2010," said Vodafone, in a statement.
"Vodafone India also maintained its overall holdings of 900-MHz spectrum in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, and purchased 1800-MHz spectrum in four circles where its licences are due for extension in 2015," the telco said.
The auction, which concluded on Thursday, reportedly raised $9.8 billion.
Vodafone was among eight telcos that paid to participate. Of those that took part, Tata Teleservices was the only one that did win any spectrum, fuelling speculation that it plans to exit the telecoms industry.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telco owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani that is in the process of rolling out a nationwide TD-LTE network, picked up 1800-MHz spectrum in 14 circles, including Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The airwaves pave the way for it to offer basic mobile services in addition to high-speed mobile broadband.