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Spectrum auction round the corner now

The much-awaited mobile spectrum auction is scheduled to be held on June 6.

A total of 11 GHz spectrum across 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2500, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz is being auctioned at the total reserve price of about ₹96,000 crore. 600 and 700 MHz bands are not being auctioned.

The auction is expected to be muted. The government may end up collecting just Rs 12,500 crore of the Rs 96,320 crore worth of spectrum being offered, according to IIFL Securities. Bharti Airtel is expected to have a spectrum outlay of Rs 10,400 crore, Reliance Jio Rs 900 crore, and Vi Rs 1,200 crore.

Airtel and RJio have an average of about 1,000 MHz of spectrum in each LSA. Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have 38 and 46 percent, respectively, of spectrum holding. BSNL has 2 percent of the total amount allotted.

As per data collated by Axis Capital, Airtel’s sub-GHz spectrum holdings in 800, 900 MHz bands are significantly lower at 176 MHz compared to Jio’s 445 MHz. Jio’s sub-GHz spectrum holdings are larger than Airtel and Vi as it is the only telco with pan-India 700 MHz airwaves apart from nationwide 800 MHz spectrum. Vi’s sub-GHz spectrum holding (900 MHz band only) is at 141.2 MHz.

CT Bureau

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