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Day Two-5G spectrum auction concludes

The expiring spectrum in 2024 and the unsold spectrum of the previous spectrum auction held in 2022 were put to auction this year to meet the spectrum requirement of telecom service providers (TSPs) to ensure the continuity and growth of the services.

All the available spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands were put to auction. This year’s auction has seen activity in 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2500 MHz bands.

The auction started on 25th June 2024 at 10:00 AM and concluded on June 26, 2024 at 11:45 AM after 7 rounds. As an auction for the 5G spectrum was held recently & 5G monetization is still in progress, no bidding took place in 800MHz, 2300MHz, 3300MHz, and 26GHz bands. A total quantum of 141.4 MHz (26.5%) was sold from the balance 533.6 MHz spectrum. This is despite the fact that a very large amount of spectrum i.e., 51.2 GHz of spectrum was sold in August 2022.

All the three TSPs i.e., Bharti Airtel Limited, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Vodafone Idea Limited have successfully bid and taken spectrum in this auction also for growth and continuity of services. A total quantum of 141.4 MHz spectrum of worth Rs 11,340 crores was sold.

Band/bidder wise summary of quantum of spectrum sold

Band/bidder wise summary of value of spectrum sold

Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd. have successfully renewed their expired spectrum in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands, and further an additional quantum of 87.2 MHz worth Rs 6164.88 cr has been acquired by TSPs to augment their services.

The unsold spectrum will again be auctioned next time.

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CT Bureau

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