Uninor pays Rs 845 cr, gets spectrum in 5 circles

uninor-spectrum-auctionUninor today said that it has got spectrum in five circles in the just concluded spectrum auction. The India arm of the Norwegian company Telenor will be paying Rs 844.7 crore for this spectrum. Uninor has got additional spectrum in four of its six existing circles in the 1800 MHz band. The circles are UP East, UP West, Bihar & Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. Besides additional spectrum in these four circles, Uninor also got spectrum in one more new circle – Assam.


Spectrum acquired by Uninor in the 1800Mhz band
UP West 1.8 MHz
UP East 2.0 MHz
Bihar & Jharkhand 2.2 MHz
Andhra Pradesh 1.4 MHz
Assam 6.0 MHz

With this Uninor will now be present in total of seven circles, Gujarat and Maharashtra being the other two circles.

“It is critical that mobile tariffs remain affordable for the mass market after the auctions. With its auction strategy, Uninor has ensured that it can continue to offer the most affordable tariffs in each of its seven circles while maintaining a healthy business case. We have now secured a spectrum platform for continuing growth and profitability in each of our circles,” says Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

“Telenor Group has always stated that we have a long term perspective on our investment in India. I am pleased that Uninor through this auction has strengthened its competitive advantage as a cost efficient operator. Uninor is now well positioned to continue its growth path through offering affordable mobile services to even more customers in India, both in existing circles and in Assam where we believe the Uninor model fits very well,” said Sigve Brekke, Head of Telenor Asia region.

The company also said that in Gujarat and Maharashtra, it will improve capacity and coverage through a significant expansion of network sites. The company has already announced its largest ever network expansion of over 30% to be completed in 5 months. With the new circle of Assam, Uninor will now be able to potentially serve an additional population of more than 30 million, the company said.

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