The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has received Rs 23.06 billion from Airtel and Reliance Jio for allocation of spectrum.

Both the telcos made immediate payments instead of the schedule in August-September 2021.

Of the total amount paid to DoT, Airtel has paid Rs 1.57 billion while Jio has paid Rs 21.49 billion.

The DoT has completed assigning spectrum to telecom operators who bought airwaves for 4G wireless service in the auction conducted in March 2021. To this end, the government has reportedly issued frequency assignment letters to bidders.

The frequency assignment was accompanied by a frequency harmonisation exercise, whereby spectrum blocks assigned to telcos in the current spectrum auction were made contiguous with the spectrum blocks already held by them in various bands in different licensed service areas (LSAs).

The harmonisation of spectrum was accomplished in 19 LSAs in 800 MHz band, 8 LSAs in 900 MHz band, 21 LSAs in 1800 MHz band, 3 LSAs in 2100 MHz band, and 16 LSAs in 2300 MHz band.

During the spectrum auctions, the government sold a total of 855.60 MHz of spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2300 MHz bands to Indian telcos.

The total amount payable by the successful bidders for the total spectrum acquired is Rs 778.2 billion. Earlier on March 18, 2021, telcos had already paid Rs 219.18 billion as upfront payment as per terms and conditions of the notice inviting applications.