No dearth of 5G spectrum in India – Govt; auction next year

Government of India has denied suggestions that India does not have enough spectrum to implement 5G wireless technologies. Replying to a question in parliament, communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said India has set apart 275 MHz of spectrum for 5G services. He, however, admitted that Broadband India Forum — a policy think tank headed by […]

Govt exploring legal options on getting back RCom spectrum

The government of India is exploring legal options to see if it can get back the spectrum assigned to bankrupt telecom operator Reliance Communications, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications has three types of spectrum — GSM spectrum in the 1800 MHz band that it got along with its license, spectrum […]

Airtel launches 4G on ‘Band 8’ in Mumbai to boost indoor coverage

Bharti Airtel has deployed LTE on 900 MHz band, which has the ability to pass through walls and other obstacles much better than other 4G bands. With this, customers with handsets that support this frequency will see an improvement in 4G signal levels. This is expected to be very beneficial for voice usage. It should, […]

Vodafone Idea users to get faster 4G this year

Customers of Vodafone and Idea networks will notice an improvement in their 4G experience in coming weeks, especially in areas like Mumbai and Delhi, as the company starts deploying massive amounts of cash to improve the networks in such areas. The network improvement will be done via several methods — by deploying extra spectrum, technological […]

Bharti Airtel starts adding Telenor spectrum to 4G network

Bharti Airtel said it has deployed an extra block of spectrum to its 4G service in Uttar Pradesh East circle, improving the carrying capacity of the network. “The addition of fresh 5 MHz spectrum will significantly boost Airtel’s mobile network capacity across UP (East) and enable a superior 4G data and voice experience for customers […]

ONGC, satellite operators worried about upcoming 5G spectrum auction in India

ONGC and satellite operators in India have raised objections to the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions. An umbrella body of several satellite infrastructure organizations suggested that existing facilities that fall in the bands scheduled for the ‘5G auction’ should be allowed to operate. Telecom services have encroached on higher and higher frequencies of radio spectrum with […]

Tata Sky to add five more HD channels to take total to 86

Tata Sky, the Indian DTH operator with the highest amount of spectrum and channels, will add five more HD channels to take the total high-definition offerings on the platform to 86. The new channels being added tomorrow are DSports, MTV HD+, Surya (Malayalam), Udaya (Kannada) and Gemini Movies (Telugu). With 86 HD channels, the operator […]

SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- Vodafone’s novel solution to beat 4G spectrum crunch

Though Vodafone has not revealed exactly which bands it has bought spectrum in, some analysts have already published charts which purportedly show the company’s spectrum purchases. According to the chart, out of the Rs 20,000 or so that Vodafone spent, about 9,221 cr has been on 2.5 GHz band, about 7,315 cr on 2.1 GHz […]

SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- Vodafone’s novel solution to beat 4G spectrum crunch

Though Vodafone has not revealed exactly which bands it has bought spectrum in, some analysts have already published charts which purportedly show the company’s spectrum purchases. According to the chart, out of the Rs 20,000 or so that Vodafone spent, about 9,221 cr has been on 2.5 GHz band, about 7,315 cr on 2.1 GHz […]

Is this the 4G spectrum scenario in India in 2016?

Vodafone India has not yet revealed their purchase details. They are expected to release it by about 11 am today. The earlier story was based on premature information. Please await the final confirmation from the company. Meanwhile, below, you can find the possible scenario of spectrum purchase by all operators in in the 2016 auctions, […]

SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016: Vodafone emerges the biggest buyer in final results

Vodafone is estimated to have bought pan-India 4G spectrum worth around Rs 21,000 cr in the just-concluded spectrum auction — the largest India has seen. The number also makes Vodafone the biggest spender at the 2016 slug-fest. The runner up is Bharti Airtel at a distant Rs 14,200 cr. Though the final numbers and details […]

SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016- RELIANCE JIO buys spectrum worth Rs 13,672 cr in final results

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (“RJIL”) announces that it has successfully acquired the right to use 269.2 MHz (UL+DL) spectrum across all 22 Service Areas in India in the recently concluded spectrum auction conducted by DOT, Government of India. Service Area wise details of spectrum acquired are as per below. Service Area 800 MHz band (Paired) […]

SPECTRUM AUCTION 2016: Vodafone seen having bought pan-India 4G spectrum in final results

Though Vodafone has not revealed its purchases yet, the pattern of announcements so far indicates that the company has purchased 4G spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band across India. The reason for this conclusion is that Bharti Airtel has been successful in buying 10 MHz (half of all) 2.3 GHz spectrum in most circles. 2.3 […]

TABLE: Bharti Airtel’s purchases in spectrum auction 2016 results

Bharti Airtel said that it has acquired 173.8 Mhz spectrum across 1800/2100/2300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 14,244 cr in the latest spectrum auction conducted by the Department of Telecom, Government of India. The company has acquired most of its new spectrum in the crucial 2.3 GHz 4G band, and some of […]

Bharti Airtel completes Aircel 4G spectrum purchase in 7 out of 8 circles

Bharti Airtel said it has completed the purchase of 2.3 GHz 4G spectrum from Aircel Cellular in 7 out of the 8 circles mentioned in an agreement between the companies earlier this year. These seven circles are Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, North East and Orissa. With this, only the transaction […]

Telenor says ‘no’ to upcoming spectrum auction in India

Telenor, the Norway-based telecom operator, said it has decided against participating in the upcoming telecom auctions in India as the reserve prices are too high compared to the possible return on investment. “We have, after thorough consideration, decided not to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction, as we believe the proposed spectrum prices do not […]

Allowed Airtel to buy Videocon spectrum due to auction availability – Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular today told investors that it withdrew from a spectrum trading deal with Videocon — allowing Bharti Airtel to buy the airwaves — after it became clear that spectrum in the same band was  coming up for auction next month. “TRAI  announced total quantum of spectrum that was available and prices. We realized that […]

Reliance Jio has nearly twice as much 4G spectrum as Airtel even after Aircel deal

Reliance Jio continues to hold a substantial spectrum advantage over nearest rival Bharti Airtel, even after the latter’s recently announced deal to purchase airwaves from Aircel Cellular. According to the data collected from various sources including company reports, Jio holds spectrum in 62 of the 66 4G slots in the country,  while Bharti Airtel holds […]

Vodafone lauds government’s telecom and spectrum reforms

In a rare gesture, a big telecom company has lauded the government’s recent changes in telecom policy. The Modi government has, in recent months, cleared long-pending reforms such as allowing the trading of spectrum, cutting levies and initiating rearrangement (harmonization) of spectrum. Usually, the relationship between the government and big operators tends to be strained […]