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    Acquires 173.8 Mhz spectrum in 1800/2100/2300 Mhz bands through auction for Rs 14,244 cr

     
    • Secures spectrum requirements for the next 20 years, well positioned to continue leading India’s digital revolution
    • Airtel now has 4G and 3G spectrum in all circles, giving it an unmatched mobile broadband footprint across India; also has 2G spectrum across India
     
    New Delhi, Oct 6, 2016: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), the India’s largest telecommunications services providers, today 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.

    Airtel has further strengthened its pan-India spectrum portfolio and secured its spectrum requirements for the next 20 years. The Company now has 4G and 3G spectrum in all circles, giving it the widest mobile broadband footprint across the country. It already has 2G spectrum in all circles. Over the past six years, the Company has acquired spectrum worth appx. Rs 100,000 cr through auctions and trading.

    Through strategic buying, in the latest auction, Airtel has built new 4G/3G capabilities in 7 circles. The Company has spent Rs. 10,340 cr towards enhancing data capacities in 15 circles. It has also spent Rs 321 cr towards completing some of the existing partial blocks in 4 circles, giving it a second Carrier for its future needs. Airtel thanked the Department of Telecom for addressing the long standing demand of the industry by putting out a large quantum of spectrum across multiple bands in the latest auction. It also complimented the Department of Telecom for its progressive policies on spectrum trading and sharing, and the recent initiatives around harmonization of spectrum in various bands. Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “At the outset, we would like to thank the Government for making abundant spectrum available for auctions. Airtel now has a solid spectrum portfolio that will enable it to continue leading India’s data revolution. We remain fully committed to the Government’s Digital India vision and will continue to invest towards making world-class and affordable data services available to customers in every corner of the country.”

    The Company added that despite the large amount of spectrum made available, certain bands did not get any bid from the operators as it made no economic case for them based on the high reserve prices. Three to four national operators with robust 700 Mhz based broadband networks have the potential to accelerate India's progress to the top league of digitally enabled nations. Therefore, the pricing of the 700 Mhz band spectrum needs to be addressed on priority for the nation to benefit from the digital dividend arising out of this high quality spectrum band.

     

    Airtel Spectrum Acquisition in the latest auction

     

    Circles

    Band

    Mhz

    Rs. Cr.

    3G, 4G FD/TD LTE New Capability

     

    Kerala

    2100

    5.0

    885

    Assam

    1800

    3.8

    152

    Maharashtra

    1800

    5.0

    1590

    Jammu & Kashmir

    1800

    2.4

    31

    Kolkatta

    1800

    2.0

    302

    Gujarat

    2300

    10.0

    612

    Himachal Pradesh

    2300

    10.0

    10

     

    3582

    3G/4G FD/TD LTE Additional Carrier

     

    Assam

    2300

    10.0

    20

    Bihar

    2300

    10.0

    62

    Delhi

    2300

    10.0

    1430

    Kolkatta

    2300

    10.0

    330

    Karnataka

    2300

    10.0

    980

    Mumbai

    2300

    10.0

    1460

    North East

    2300

    10.0

    10

    Orissa

    2300

    10.0

    40

    Andhra Pradesh

    2300

    10.0

    683

    West Bengal

    2300

    10.0

    50

    Tamil Nadu

    2300

    10.0

    1320

    Delhi

    2100

    5.0

    2770

    Bihar

    2100

    5.0

    430

    Rajasthan

    2100

    5.0

    700

    Jammu & Kashmir

    2100

    5.0

    55

     

    10340

    4G FD LTE Future Additional Carrier

     

    Haryana

    1800

    1.6

    79

    North East

    1800

    1.4

    15

    Punjab

    1800

    0.8

    62

    Rajasthan

    1800

    1.8

    165

     

    321

     

     

    TOTAL

    173.8

    14244

     

    About Bharti Airtel

    Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 359 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2016. To know more please visit,www.airtel.com