Here’s how the latest #SpectrumAuction may affect your mobile phone bills and quality of service…

By @jainrounak
@jainrounak The 2021 spectrum auction witnessed participation from #RelianceJio, #Airtel and #Vodafone Idea, with Jio emerging as the biggest bidder, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total spectrum sold in the auction.

@jainrounak How much spectrum the companies add to their existing kitty, and how much they pay for it, has a direct impact on your mobile bills, and the offers that you get as a prepaid customer.

@jainrounak The Indian government sold a total of ₹77,800 crore worth of spectrum, out of which #Jio accounts for approximately ₹57,100 crore, #Airtel for ₹18,700 crore and #VodafoneIdea for ₹2,000 crore.

@jainrounak It is worth noting that this was an auction of 4G spectrum, but both #RelianceJio and# Airtel hold spectrum in the sub-GHz band – 800MHz and 900MHz – which they say can be used for #5G services as well.

@jainrounak #SpectrumAuction – what does it mean for my phone bills?

With the technicalities out of the way, let’s decode the cues that the spectrum auction holds for your future phone bills.
➡️ Possible offers for 2G and 3G users to switch to 4G

The switch to 4G and beyond is inevitable and this spectrum auction could further accelerate it. Jio has only 4G subscribers, so it leaves only #Airtel and #VodafoneIdea with the legacy 2G and 3G networks.

➡️ For existing 4G users – an improvement in quality of service

Both #Jio and #Airtel have purchased spectrum in the sub-GHz band and 2300MHz to improve their network coverage and expand their capacities.

➡️ 5G could end up as a duopoly

It has been argued for some time now that the Indian telecom sector could become a duopoly between Jio and #Airtel, since #VodafoneIdea has been in a bad shape for a long time now.


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