Spectrum bids reach Rs 56,554 crore after 42 rounds of auction

Spectrum-auction

Telecom firms offered bids totaling Rs 56,554.92 crore for 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands after 42 rounds at the end of sixth day of spectrum auction.

“A total of 42 rounds are over. Bids worth around Rs 33,082.58 crore are received for 1,800MHz and Rs 23,472.34 crore for 900MHz. A total of Rs 56,554.92 crore. Auction will continue on Monday,” Telecom Secretary MF Farooqui said.

He said there will a realization of at least Rs 16,750 crore in the current fiscal if the operators opt to pay in installments.

The bidders can pay the part of the money upfront and the remaining amount over a maximum of 10 yearly installments.

The sixth day of auction started off with the 36th round yesterday. At the end of 35 rounds yesterday, bids worth around Rs 54,600 crore were received by the government.

The price in Delhi for 900MHz has more than doubled to Rs 733.63 crore per MHz from the base price of Rs 360 crore.

Mumbai was up 71.67 percent to Rs 563.09 crore per MHz from Rs 328 crore per MHz. In Kolkata, price was up 55.70 percent to Rs 194.63 crore per MHz from a base price of Rs 125 crore.

As per the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), there was bidding for 11 blocks out of 16 put up for sale in Delhi, 5 out of 16 blocks in Mumbai and 12 out of 14 blocks in Kolkata for the premium 900MHz band at the end of sixth day.

For 1,800MHz band, Assam witnessed over tripling of the the base price to Rs 22.1 crore per MHz from Rs 7 crore. Assam witnessed an excess demand of 5 blocks whereas Maharashtra saw an excess demand of 10 blocks for 1,800MHz.

The budget for 2013-14 set a total target of Rs 40,874 crore from spectrum revenue in this fiscal. A bumper collection from airwaves auction would help the government keep rising fiscal deficit under control.

The country’s fiscal deficit at Rs 5.16 lakh crore has already crossed 95 per cent of budget target in the first nine months of 2013-14.