Wednesday, 19 September 2018

That's the Idea: How the Indian spectrum auction played out

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 27 March 15

Idea spends the most on spectrum, Bharti complains about the auction format and 'exorbitant bids', and Uninor walks away with nothing.

Idea Cellular was the biggest spender in the recently-concluded Indian spectrum auction, it emerged this week, accounting for 28% of the 1.099 trillion (€16 billion) raised by the government via the sale of frequencies in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands. India's third largest mobile operator by subscribers – it had 152.9 million customers as of the end of January, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – pledged more than 300 billion rupees (€4.4 billion) to secure spectrum in all bands but the 800 MHz…

Idea Cellular was the biggest spender in the recently-concluded Indian spectrum auction, it emerged this week, accounting for 28% of the 1.099 trillion (€16 billion) raised by the government via the sale of frequencies in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands. India's third largest mobile operator by subscribers – it had 152.9 million customers as of the end of January, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – pledged more than 300 billion rupees (€4.4 billion) to secure spectrum in all bands but the 800 MHz…

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