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Spectrum auction bids cross Rs 61,000 crore


Aggressive bidding was seen on the day 9 of telecom spectrum auction for 1,800MHz band, taking the total value of radiowaves to Rs 61,093.83 crore.

“Total bids worth Rs 61,091.83 crore, which is about 27 percent more than the spectrum value at the base price, were received at the end of 63 rounds on the day 9,” Telecom Secretary MF Farooqui said after at the close of the day.

The bid value for spectrum – 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands – has now reached over 90 percent of the money that government received in the 3G spectrum auction in 2010, although a larger quantum of radiowaves has been put on the block in the current round.

Bids worth Rs 37,502.21 crore, amounting to 106.6 percent of radiowaves for spectrum in 1,800MHz band were received. However, there was no change in the price of the premium 900MHz band at Rs 23,589.62 crore compared to the previous day.

The price of radiowaves in the 900MHz band is now 85 percent more than the base price.

Spectrum price in Assam increased 5 times of its base price at the end of day 9 of auction rounds at Rs 34.75 crore per MHz.

Demand for airwaves frequencies in 1,800MHz band was seen in Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai service area.

“In Madhya Pradesh, price for 1,800MHz band increased by 17 percent and in Mumbai it was up by 31 percent compared to base price. Upfront payment from this auction till date now stands at Rs 18,273 crore,” Farooqui said.