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1800Mhz Spectrum Auction Results as Expected; Vodafone Surprise Buyer rather than Idea Cellular


The Results of 1800MHz Spectrum Auction 2012 are as I had expected – Failure in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka etc. Other important highlights of the Auction are as follows,

  • Of the 18 circles that saw bids, the winning price did not exceed the reserve price for 17 circles, means Demand was Less Than or Equal to Supply.
  • Only Bihar saw excess demand and thus the price discovered was 9.2% higher than reserve price
  • Telenor [erstwhile Uninor] secured 5 MHz of spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, UP(East), UP(West), Bihar, Gujarat and Maharashtra by paying Rs 40.2 bn. The company will cease operations in circles Mumbai, Kolkata and West Bengal, where it was not awarded licenses. Telenor has evinced interest to operate in the lucrative Mumbai circle and will probably bid again once the reserve prices are lowered.
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