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06 January 2021

DoT to start spectrum auctions in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz & 2500 MHz bands from 1st March 2021

DoT today issued Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for auction of Spectrum worth Rs 3.92 lakh crore at base price in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands. A single auction process will be carried out for assigning Spectrum blocks in various bands.

DoT to start spectrum auctions in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz & 2500 MHz bands from 1st March 2021

On behalf of the President of India, applications are invited from prospective bidders who meet the eligibility criteria for participating in the Auction. Based on the Applications, the Government shall pre-qualify Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for participation in the Auction. Last date for submission of applications for participation in the auction is 5th February 2021.

The final list of the bidders will be declared on 24th February 2021 and bids for spectrum is scheduled to start from March 1, according to the notice. Total Spectrum put to auction is 660 MHz in 700 MHz band, 230 MHz in 800 MHz band, 81.4 MHz in 900 MHz band, 313.6 MHz in 1800 MHz band, 175 MHz in 2100 MHz band, 560 MHz in 2300 MHz band and 230 MHz in 2500 MHz band.

Details of Frequency Bands put on offer for the Spectrum Auction scheduled from 1st March 2021

Band Type Uplink frequency (MHz) Downlink frequency (MHz)
700 MHz Unpaired


800 MHz Unpaired


900 MHz Unpaired


1800 MHz Unpaired


2100 MHz Unpaired


2300 MHz Unpaired 2300-2400
2500 MHz Unpaired 2500-2690

Block size is 200 KHz (paired) in 900 MHz & 1800 MHz bands, 1.25 MHz (paired) in 800 MHz band, 5 MHz (paired) in 700 MHz band, 5 MHz (paired) in 2100 MHz band,10 MHz (unpaired) in 2300 MHz & 2500 MHz bands. Validity of auctioned Spectrum shall be 20 years. There is option of payment in instalments for successful bidders. The auction format is Simultaneous Multiple-Round Ascending (SMRA) e-auction. NIA contains details regarding reserve price, pre-qualification conditions, Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), Auction Rules etc.

Spectrum blocks in the liberalized spectrum or acquired through auction(s) may be combined if required by technology and there are no restrictions on the technology to be deployed for providing services within the scope of the service license, provided it is compatible with technology(technologies) already deployed in the LSA. For use of technology other than GSM, CDMA, WCDMA and LTE, prior clearance will be required to ensure that harmful interference is not caused to the already operating technologies either in the same band or in the adjacent bands.

In addition to the bid amount, successful bidders will also have to pay three per cent of the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), excluding wireline services, as spectrum usage charges for the spectrum won through this auction.

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