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
Prithvi
June 7, 2014 10:13 am 10:13 AM

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

Sudhakar
Sudhakar
June 7, 2014 5:35 am 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… Read more »
raj
raj
June 6, 2014 10:55 am 10:55 AM

what about voda chennai license expiry?

jayprakash
jayprakash
June 6, 2014 10:09 am 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
Ramesh
June 6, 2014 10:00 am 10:00 AM

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

JOY
JOY
June 6, 2014 9:51 am 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.

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