Airtel Should Pull Out of Race for 900 MHz and Switch to 1800 MHz Band

Airtel Should Pull Out of Race for 900 MHz and Switch to 1800 MHz Band

Bharti Airtel may be better off pulling out of the slugfest with cashrich rivals Reliance Jio Infocomm and the local unit of Vodafone Group over 900 MHz spectrum, as switching networks to the 1800 MHz band would be cheaper at current bid levels, say analysts.

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The price of 900 MHz spectrum in the lucrative circles of Delhi and Mumbai is over double that of 1800 MHz, as per the current bid levels in the ongoing bandwidth auction which enters its ninth day on Wednesday. The operational cost of 1800 MHz band is estimated to be around 25% higher than 900 MHz, but analysts say this would be offset by the higher price.

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