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By Newsgram  Staff  Writer

The Union Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is eyeing Rs 80,000 crore from the spectrum auction which started  Wednesday.

The 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands are up for grabs in the auction. The first day, 4th March 2015, saw six rounds of aggressive bidding from the telecom operators.

As of now, the bidders have come forward with bids worth approximately Rs 60,000 crore against Rs 49,000 crore, which was the value of provisionally won spectrum. The unsold spectrum would go on sale on 5th March 2015 at 9am.

The experts say that Government’s plans of fetching bids worth Rs 80,000 crore would be comfortably fulfilled since a number of permits held by major telecom operators are near their expiry. A total of 29 licenses are scheduled to expire in the current year.

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With Airtel’s Sunil indicating that aggressive bidding would result in a rise in tariff, this auction may not bring in great news for the end consumers. Anil Ambani group’s Reliance Jio is being touted as the black horse in the race after it put in the highest earnest money (Rs 4,500 crore) among the operators. Idea Cellular currently holds 900 MHz bands in nine circles which are being auctioned. With most of its revenue coming from these circles, it would be interesting to see how far it is willing to go to retain them in its kitty.

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Airtel Provides Fastest Download Speed: Report

The survey took into account Vodafone and Idea as separate entities despite the recent merger, as the two were operating as separate consumer brands when the survey was conducted, it said

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Bharti Airtel provided the fastest download speed during June-August, while Reliance Jio topped in terms of 4G availability, an Open Signal report said on Thursday.

Open Signal specialises in mapping telecom networks and their service quality.

The average download speed of Airtel was 7.53 Mbps (megabits per second), followed by Jio in the second place with 5.47 Mbps, it said.

“Airtel dominated our Download Speed Experience regional awards, coming top in 16 circles and drawing (equal) in two others,” the report said.

The survey showed that Jio, the latest entrant in the Indian telecommunications markets, was the best in terms of 4G network in the country.

Jio has managed to achieve an availability score of over 95 per cent in all of India’s regions, said the Open Signal’s report titled Mobile Network Experience Report India.

“Jio continues to grow from 96.4 per cent to 96.7 per cent in our analysis, particularly remarkable in a relatively new LTE market like India,” it noted.

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Airtel tops download speed, Jio leads in 4G availability: Report. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the second spot for 4G availability was Airtel with a score of 73.99 per cent.

In terms of upload speed, the report showed that Idea topped among the service providers with an average speed of 2.88 Mbps, followed by Vodafone with 2.31 Mbps.

Reliance Jio also topped on latency experience at 72.20 per cent, the least among the operators, followed by Vodafone which recorded 80.42 per cent latency during July-August.

Latency in computing and data connectivity refers to the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.

The survey took into account Vodafone and Idea as separate entities despite the recent merger, as the two were operating as separate consumer brands when the survey was conducted, it said.

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The report also observed that the price war that started with the entry of Jio may shortly come to an end as operators would “move towards the tiered paid data models familiar in the rest of the mobile world’.

“As the price war begins to subside in this maturing market, India’s operators should have more breathing space to focus on other ways to differentiate such as service quality and bundling, as opposed to a race to the bottom on price,” the report said. (IANS)