Spectrum Auction Bids Reach Rs. 1,07,000 Crores at End of Day 12

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Spectrum Auction Bids Reach Rs. 1,07,000 Crores at End of Day 12
The money committed so far in the latest auctions of telecom spectrum crossed Rs. 1,07,000 crores on Day 12 after 74 rounds of bidding, surpassing the previous high of Rs. 106,200 crores in 2010, official data showed on Tuesday.

The government got commitments of Rs. 1,06,200 crores in 2010 telecom spectrum auction after 183 rounds of bidding in 34 days.

"The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 12th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100 percent. There is robust bidding going on in 1800MHz, 900MHz and 800MHz bands," the Department of Telecom (DoT) said in a statement.

Seven fresh rounds of bidding were seen on Day 12.

"At the end of 74th round, about 88 percent of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders. The provisional amount committed by bidders at the end of 74th round is over Rs. 1,07,000 crores," it said.

"Majority of service areas are going at a premium over reserve price. The competitive bidding is expected to continue. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence tomorrow, that is, March 18, 2015 at 9am," the statement added.

Day 11 on Monday saw Rs. 1,03,046 crores commitment from telecom operators at the end of bidding after 67 rounds.

The commitments come over and above the Rs. 2,00,000 crores that India Inc has already bid under the two phases of auctions for award of coal blocks. But the proceeds from this auction will go to the respective state governments over 30 years.

The central government has budgeted for Rs. 43,161.72 crores from auctions of spectrum for the current fiscal while the reserve price for the entire spectrum on offer in the four bands, across India, was around Rs. 80,000 crores.

The bids so far have well exceeded these numbers.

The maximum bids of 85 were received for Tamil Nadu circle with a winning amount of Rs. 45 crores per block in the 1800MHz band. However, this circle saw 10 less bids.

The second highest bids of 75 were received for Punjab circle with a winning amount of Rs. 72.15 crores per block in the 900MHz band. This circle also saw three less bids.

The eight telecom service providers participating in the auctions are Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.

They have submitted earnest money of Rs. 20,435 crores, which is two and a half times what had been called for.

The total spectrum put up for auction is 103.75MHz in 800MHz band, 177.8MHz in 900MHz band and 99.2MHz in 1800MHz band for second generation (2G) telephony.

The government has also put up 5MHz in the 2,100MHz band for third generation (3G) telephony.

A reserve price of Rs. 3,423 crores perMHz was fixed for 800MHz frequency, Rs. 3,399 crores for 900MHz band and Rs. 1,425 crores for the 1800MHz band. The government also fixed a reserve price of Rs. 3,511 crores per megahertz for the frequency for 3G spectrum.

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