Uninor to Continue Offering Basic Mobile Sevices in India

Uninor-2G-FootprintThe Indian arm of Norway’s telecom major Uninor acquired additional spectrum in 1800MHz band in Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Bihar & Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, while Assam will be the new circle for the company.

While other operators are gearing up for rolling out next gen high speed mobile internet a.k.a. mobile broadband with different technologies like WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, LTE-FDD or LTE-TDD, Telenor plans to continue offering voice, text and 2G mobile internet to its customers, thus Assam fits in their plans. Interestingly the company left two of most profitable circles – West Bengal and Kolkata in 2012 auction, and this time they did not try to get back; may be because these two circles are in Reliance Jio’s intial roll out plans.

Uninor currently operates in 6 circles – Maharastra & Goa, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Bihar & Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. Spectrum acquired by Uninor in the 1800Mhz band: UP East – 1.8 MHz, UP West – 2.0 MHz, Bihar and Jharkhand – 2.2 MHz, Andhra Pradesh – 1.4 MHz, Assam – 6.0 MHz. Uninor has to pay Rs 844.72 cr for this spectrum.

It is critical that mobile tariffs remain affordable for the mass market after the auctions. With its auction strategy, Uninor has ensured that it can continue to offer the most affordable tariffs in each of its seven circles while maintaining a healthy business case. We have now secured a spectrum platform for continuing growth and profitability in each of our circles,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

Telenor Group has always stated that we have a long term perspective on our investment in India. I am pleased that Uninor through this auction has strengthened its competitive advantage as a cost efficient operator. Uninor is now well positioned to continue its growth path through offering affordable mobile services to even more customers in India, both in existing circles and in Assam where we believe the Uninor model fits very well,” said Sigve Brekke, Head of Telenor Asia region.

Uninor’s Plans after adding more spectrum and a new circle under its bookmark:

  • Enhance its voice and data capacity by approximately 20% to 25% in Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Bihar and Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh where they got additional spectrum.
  • Improve capacity and coverage through a significant expansion of network sites in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • Uninor has already started geographical network expansion in all 6 circles: its largest ever network expansion of over 30% to be completed in 5 months.
  • Uninor will soon launch services in Assam with aggressive tariff plans (sabse sasta).

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  • Anash Khan June 12, 2014 10:39 am

    Uninor ki 3g service up west mai kab tak launch hogi ?

  • darshan February 16, 2014 12:56 am

    Uninor call quality is 3rd graded…even in full coverage there are call drops….the voice quality is crapppy & noisy….both me & other cant speak due to this….
    Net speed is 30kbps max that too in ucbrowser….
    Bakwaas

  • Raghu February 16, 2014 12:26 am

    Uninor is very bad in Coverage and Voice cut in Hyderabad and in most parts of Andhra Pradesh.They have to improve Capacity and Coverage and put more towers especially in Andhra Pradesh. last week i went to Warangal for Jatara but the thing
    is there is no signal of Uninor at All. Only Airtel, Idea,Vodafone signals are there. Uninor we request u to look into putting more towers in Hyderabad ,Secunderabad and other parts of AP instead of focussing more on Gujarat and MH. They are earning good revenue from AP Circle.It is open of the top circles. So uninor request u to look into option of putting more towers and improve coverage and Voice and Internet.

  • bulu pradhan February 15, 2014 1:22 pm

    aircel and vodafone orissa main spectrom nehi liya hai.to ye dono orissa main rahenge ya nahin ?

  • Pratham February 15, 2014 1:05 pm

    Good Move By Uninor, Its good they are concentrating in Circles where they Hold license. Instead of bidding and grabbing every circle like Rjio, Which apart from 4G is totally crap, I’m from Mumbai circle and frequently travels to M&G circle i find reliance nowhere, God knows from where TRAI report shows Reliance Subscriber fig 73,16,681 in M&G even TATA, BSNL AIRCEL don’t have this much fig.
    Uninor network is good in M&G and now they are deploying more Towers it will now become 1st choice for cheap calls and SMS

    • darshan February 16, 2014 5:31 pm

      That reliance trai data may be of CDMA + GSM customer bcuz i dont find any reliance gsm customer here…Mostly prefer idea or bsnl here…Even vodafone is good but its tariff very high over here as compared to Idea or BSNL and they have not got 3g coverage everywhere so idea s best among all in maharashtra…But as you are from mumbai circle Suggestion Opt for Vodafone if u want good coverage when u r in mumbai and also when travelling to maharashtra if 3Gis not continuesly needed for you….Or better go for airtelbcuz they have pact with idea for providing 3G so it will b better…N MTNL is best for u in price & coverage

      • Pratham February 16, 2014 5:45 pm

        Ya Vodafone is good but their tariffs are too high and their home tariff of Mumbai circle doesn’t work in M&G. About IDEA and AIRTEL they have MUM-M&G Roaming free. And i found that BSNL 3G is available in most places but i haven’t tried their internet yet, Heard lots of comments that BSNL 3G is worst than 2G

  • Sukas Adhikari kolkata February 15, 2014 9:42 am

    I have had their connection.PATHETIC speed of edge some times beats bsnl record.

    So, i tweeted to their accout, ur connection only for lover but also ppl second connection.

  • Shabir Ahmad February 15, 2014 9:02 am

    i was thinking they would get spectrum for j&k too but its unfortunate that they did not get. .. am sad

  • Rahul February 15, 2014 1:04 am

    Uninor…aap delhi me bhi aa jate toh accha hota, yaha sim sasti or tariff mehnga hai.

  • Yogesh February 14, 2014 10:29 pm

    @mahesh, mtnl n aircel u ve 2 options : for 2g. Also r jio will start service. N yes terrif hike expected as per news. Tata gsm inform me via sms : 1.4p/s From 16/2/14.

    • imahesh February 15, 2014 1:49 am

      @Yogesh yes mtnl and aircel are option but loop and previous uninor are provides cheaper plan comared to mtnl and uninor. loop is king in postpaid plan.
      but if uninor comes again then it try to give cheaper plan aircel and mtnl ( 2G ) and MTS (CDMA) ek option hai, wo to june/july mai pata chalega.
      aur
      bhai Tata inform you about hike terrif, TATA hike kar hi nahi sakta use to ek bhi jagaha licence nahi mila hai.
      TATA, MTNL, BSNL ka to triff hike karane ka to sawal hi nahi hai.

  • Nithin February 14, 2014 10:15 pm

    We are waiting again uninor in karnataka

  • krish February 14, 2014 9:36 pm

    expecting uninor to launch 3g in andhra pradesh.

  • imahesh February 14, 2014 8:52 pm

    Uninor still 1.8 Mhz remaining in Mumbai circle in 1800 MHz band.
    Go and get it and reinstall 2G services in Mumbai.
    Waiting for your reply uninor.
    Every phone is now dual SIM and we mumbaikar can use uninor as secondary SIM for voice, SMS and 2g gprs services ab to loop bhi nahi rahega bus sap hi ek Sahara ho.

    • sagar kinkar February 14, 2014 10:51 pm

      dude to start a service in new circle there will be minimum 5Mhz spectrum required.

      • imahesh February 15, 2014 1:37 am

        dude 5Mhz required to start 4G service not 2G service.
        2G service can be start with 1.8 Mhz its sufficient.

        • Esmail February 15, 2014 8:27 am

          The current auction had a rule, a new operator bidding for a circle where they do not currently have spectrum will have to bid for a minimum of 25 blocks of 200KHz each which totals to 5MHz whether they plan to launch 2G, 3G or 4G services irrespective of the technology the minimum bid would have to be of 5MHz. Uninor is not in a financially stable position to do that right now, maybe over the next 10 years they will expand operations to Pan India level.

  • Anirban February 14, 2014 8:51 pm

    expected a lot to get Uninor at Kolkata… really sabse sasta

    • saptarshi February 15, 2014 8:58 am

      Don’t worry bro… Reliance Jio will make you feel like using Uninor …

  • Yogesh February 14, 2014 8:08 pm

    Uninor : Achieve breakeven in all 6 operating circles. It earn 850 cr as reported by economic times. Now they will invest 600 cr for network expansion. Uninor has good terrif plans but its internet not good. If they improve 2G EDGE internet service it will benefit them. All the best to uninor.

    • RDB February 14, 2014 11:19 pm

      Uninor will not invest money to support better internet. They are looking to make revenue from the voice services only, as of now. What I think is that Telenor is looking for a M&A with a suitable bigger operator. Tata Docomo or Aircel are the bets. And logically and legally buying Docomo’s share in TTSL is the best bet I think. But until Govt. comes with a proper rules on this, Telenor will just wait.

  • shiva February 14, 2014 7:42 pm

    uninor only for voice n sms not for gprs