DoT refuse to extend Vodafone India’s License tenure, What it Means to customers ?

Vodafone India License DatesVodafone’s 20 year license tenure to operate in 7 circles will expire in December 2015. In May Vodafone has asked to extend its license tenure for another 10 years in TN , Up East, Gujarat, Rajasthan , Kerala , MH and in Haryana. This is not the first time DoT has rejected Vodafone’s plea to license extension during FEB auction it has rejected once.

Vodafone India applied for renewal license under the licensing rules in 1995 when it got the license. As per the rules telcos were permitted to apply for extension of license tenure for another 10 years after the end of the primary term of 20 years. Vodafone’s permits are expiring in December 2015.

License Expiry Dates for Vodafone India Circle-wise :

  1. Up East -12 Dec 2015
  2. Kerala – 12 Dec 2015
  3. Maharashtra – 19 Dec 2015
  4. Gujarat – 19 Dec 2015
  5. Tamil Nadu 12 Dec 2015
  6. Haryana – 12 Dec 2015
  7. Rajasthan – 12 Dec 2015

DoT wants Vodafone to acquire new operating license in 7 circles under the new unified license regime and buy spectrum during the next round of auction if it wants to continue to operate whereas for other operators like Airtel and Idea in some selected circles its license to operate will expire by Dec 2015.

What it means to Vodafone Customers:

For Vodafone Customers in 7 circles its going to be a wait and watch though all the 7 circles are important for Vodafone India and we don’t think Vodafone will miss out any of those circles though there is nothing to panic and we believe Vodafone India will be go ahead with DoT suggestion to opt spectrum in those 7 circles..

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  • Prithvi June 7, 2014 10:13 am

    Good luck to Vodafone India. Hopefully they resolve the pending tax issues as well.

  • Sudhakar June 7, 2014 5:35 am

    I am talking in Tamilnadu and similar circles :
    There was no problem when only Airtel, Aircel, BSNL and Vodafone was there.

    In Kuwait, there were only 2 operators till 2012. There was no spectrum auction problem in this country. All operators are providing 4G services where all data packs are valid in any network type (2G, 3G and 4G). Since 1997, the local on net voice call rate in Wataniya (now called as Ooredoo) and ZAIN are 0.039 KD* and local off net voice calls at 0.045 KD*. Local SMS is charged at 0.020 KD**.

    In a new operator VIVA, all local calls (voice or video) are charged 0.038 KD* and the SMS rate is same as the above operators.
    This shows that the call rate is stable in both the operators. All operators provide full talkvalue since the launch of their prepaid service. Yes. True. In this only Ooredoo operator provides lifetime main balance validity subject to recharge of at least 1 KD every 6 months (just like in India – Rs.200 every 6 months).
    The telephone rental is just 30 KD* (only local calls can be made) per year with unlimited*** local calls and without caller ID.

    I think it is only in India where people were / are not allowed to use the latest technology at affordable rates i.e., only technology upgrades without caring for the people to use it.

    I agree that Kuwait is a small country. But it is populated with more foreigners than local people. I think Kuwait and some other gulf countries are the only countries in the world which provide 3 different types of network coverage (2G, 3G and 4G) almost at all the places. There are places where there is only desert. But there is coverage of 3 different types !!!. But think the case in India !!!!.
    In VIVA operator, the 2G speed is stable upto 25 KB/s (200 Kbps) at almost all the places. Think about the case in India !!!.
    All operators here provide rate cutters and local calling limited minutes pack. A operator VIVA is providing unlimited internet (can be used in 2G, 3G or 4G) for 18 KD per month for 30 days with a FUP of 5 or 6 GB per day. Then speed will be 64 Kbps (8 KB/s).

    * means – multiply the denomination by 210 to convert to Indian rupees (KD is Kuwait Dinars)
    ** means – Till 2009 (I think) all outgoing text SMS including international was charged at 0.020 KD. After that international SMS is charged 0.050 KD.

    *** means – without FUP but disconnects every 45 minutes.

  • raj June 6, 2014 10:55 am

    what about voda chennai license expiry?

  • jayprakash June 6, 2014 10:09 am

    Gujarat circle is most important circle for Vodafone because in Gujarat state Vodafone have a maximum customers and in the top in all service providers and 100% network coverage also

  • Ramesh June 6, 2014 10:00 am

    @Rudradeep/SS/Esmail
    Can you tell me the circles where Airtel and Idea’s licenses are going to expire

  • JOY June 6, 2014 9:51 am

    Nothing new same has happened earlier this year. I think this is a good news for above mentioned 7 service area subscribers of Vodafone. The liberated spectrum will allow Vodafone to launch 4G-LTE on 1800 MHz by early 2016 in these service areas.

    Unlike other circles like where Vodafone license will expire by
    Karnataka- Sept’2021; MP&CG- March’2027; West Bengal- March’2024.