So after a 1 month of intense bidding, here we are with the provisional list of Mobile Operators who have secured 3G licenses in respective circles (State/circle wise):
Delhi: Bharti Airtel, Reliance communications and Vodafone
Mumbai: Bharti Airtel, Reliance communications and Vodafone
Kolkata: Aircel, Reliance communications and Vodafone
Tamilnadu (including Chennai): Aircel, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone
Andhra Pradesh (including Hyderabad): Bharti Airtel, Aircel and Idea
Karnataka (including Bangalore): Aircel, Bharti Airtel and Tata
Maharashtra: Idea, Tata and Vodafone
Gujarat: Idea, Tata and Vodafone
Kerala: Aircel, Idea and Tata
Punjab: Aircel, Idea, Reliance communication and Tata
Haryana: Idea, Tata and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh east: Aircel, Idea and Vodafone
Uttar Pradesh west: Bharti Airtel,, Idea and Tata
Rajasthan: Bharti Airtel, Reliance communications and Tata
Madhya Pradesh: Idea, Reliance communications and Tata
West Bengal: Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance communications and Vodafone
Himachal Pradesh: Bharti Airtel, Idea, Reliance communications and S Tel
Bihar: Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance communications and S Tel
Orissa: Aircel, Reliance communications and S Tel
Assam: Aircel, Bharti Airtel and Reliance communications
North East: Aircel, Bharti Airtel and Reliance communications
Jammu and Kashmir: Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea and Reliance communications
Note that this is only a provisional list and the final list will only be confirmed once the Operators who secured the licenses pay the required fee to the Government with in the dead line, which is currently May 31st, 2010.
Now what if your favorite Mobile Operator failed to secure 3G license in your circle?
You could either move to another Operator who has secured license in your circle or wait a little more to see if there is any possibility of Operators sharing the bandwidth. This could be possible if a situation arises where a certain operator who secured the license for a circle experiences poor response from its users and in order to minimize the losses, may share the BW with another operator who failed to get a license.
I certainly don’t have to worry about that as Airtel managed to grab the AP circle. It had to win in AP circle; after all, AP contributes the most in terms of subscribers for Airtel.
If you still don’t have a 3G phone, look here for a complete list of Nokia 3G phones.