Videocon Telecom Plans to bid for the 900 Mhz license for Delhi

Videocon Telecom is planning to bid in the upcoming licence auction. Videocon Telecom has recently made a comeback into the Telecom industry and has a strategic presence across the Northern corridor of the country forming the Hindi speaking belt.

videcon-telecomThe company has been making huge investments in the business & has successfully rolled out 3 out of 6 license acquired in Nov’12 auction. The brand has almost doubled its Network presence in the four operating circles including Punjab & is all set to rollout the remaining three circles within the next 12 months. The brand is already among the Top 3 players in Net subscriber additions consecutively for last 3 months in its operational circles

Videocon Telecom finds the sharp cut in the reserve spectrum floor price for the 900 Mhz spectrum to be very attractive and is seeing it as a big opportunity. The brand is evaluating to bid for the 900 Mhz license in Delhi in the upcoming Jan’14 auction .

Videocon Telecom is also seeing huge opportunity in the liberalized license regime and talks about unleashing the data opportunity in the telecom circle of Delhi NCR in a big way, where the 900 Mhz spectrum will be the most efficient spectrum for a densely populated city like Delhi NCR.

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  • Sathish, Gobichettipalayam(TN) October 13, 2013 6:39 pm

    My view : I dont think Videocon has USP. During Uninor and Videocon operations in TN. Uninor was much better than Videocon telecom. Uninor is pioneer of Free Seconds Pack and Free minute pack in prepaid segment in India. If uninor was not there, today we wont get one of the fast moving voice calling free seconds or free minutes pack : RC198 : 42000 seconds free to other network, 120000 seconds to own network for 30 days with unused seconds or minutes carry forwarding facility. Still in TN, Reliance and Idea provides 42000 local seconds@198 and 700 local minutes@198. Both pack valid for 28 days. Even today, Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, Docomo and Vodafone also has free minutes pack in various denomination because of Uninor’s impact. Apart from this Uninor’s amazing voice clarity! Still i’m not find such kind of crystal voice clarity in present network in Chennai and TN.

  • fds October 8, 2013 12:54 pm

    Please dont. Go away and stop wasting spectrum.

  • Animesh Sengupta October 8, 2013 12:39 pm

    I wish we could have companies like Orange ,Hutchison,AT&T and T Mobile in India, They would give operators like Vodafone,Idea and Airtel a tough time, Even Aircel should re brand itself as Maxis as Maxis Group is the 74 % stake holder in Aircel. Fair pricing of the spectrum and fair play would improve the competition in the Mobile market

    • Kapil October 9, 2013 1:57 am

      Because of people like you, who wished and to buy foregn country’s goods and services instead of swadesi, value of rupee is depriciating…. and all blaming govt. first change yourself.
      I am wishing to vodafone go out of india and mtnl, bsnl, reliance tata to be in profit.

      • Saurabh October 9, 2013 12:37 pm

        +1. But Swadeshi manufacturers and service providers should also provide quality at good price. Only then people will look at them. Here raw material cost is too high then forget about the finished product. So much of regulations that it’s very hard do to business and flourish it. Even after having a large area under cultivation, we need to import food items. Large population is good but it a problem at the same time when resources are limited. When Govt asks companies to buy from local vendors, they find it difficult because of the cost and they get it for cheap via imports from other countries. So desi ones need to give competition to imported brands in a better way.

        • rama October 9, 2013 2:45 pm

          +1 this is the reason why even walmart is not opening its reatil stores in india that because the government wants them to procure 30% of the goods in their super stores why they are not ready to do given the qualit of indian goods and stamdard of walmart.

  • Arka October 7, 2013 10:20 pm

    videocon may participate to bid for the 900Mhz spectrum auction for other metro circles as well.May be they missed Delhi circle(which they are aiming) but can bagged other metro circles like Kolkata(the base price is lowest among the 4 Metro circles). Bcz,they want to established themselves as a National operator and they also found that the base price of auction of 900Mhz is very attractive \. The auction may starts from 7th January’2014.

    • Kazz October 8, 2013 12:48 am

      Bidding for Kolkata won’t be a good idea. It’s because if Videocon decides to bid for Kolkata, they WILL have to bid for West Bengal, which might not go down too well, shallowness of their pockets being the reason.

  • Arka October 7, 2013 9:58 pm

    Aircel introduce unified Internet packs today.They updated their site.I am from kolkata circle.Now 2GB 3G unlimited @ Rs.148!!

    • Kazz October 8, 2013 12:51 am

      Dude, Aircel has pathetic coverage in the city. Moreover, there are a lot of issues with connectivity as well even when the 3G signal strength is maximum. So beware!

    • Arif October 8, 2013 10:52 am

      will you plz provide the link

  • Pratham October 7, 2013 6:05 pm

    @ sanjay bafna
    How much area(km) is covered by a single cell site in 900mhz band as well as 1800mhz band

    • sheldon October 7, 2013 9:08 pm

      900Mhz BTS can cover a area of upto 15kms

      not sure about 1800Mhz but i guess it will be half of 900Mhz

  • Abhijith October 7, 2013 5:24 pm

    @ ALL don’t think videocon group as small . Its large group with money wise . But their fund allocation only their problem . Videocon industries , videocon consumer goods , videocon have major shares in Indian ports , videocon have oil fields , videocon own refrigerator compressor unit of its own , videocon have tv panel units etc . So they are not a small company .

    • huhhh October 8, 2013 12:56 pm

      Who cares if they are big or small? The problem is they suck. And who says @ALL?

  • Esmail October 7, 2013 3:17 pm

    900MHz is the band which is set as a global standard foe 2G, 3G and 4G services and with a liberalised spectrum with unified license Videocon can use it to offer HSPA+ as well as FDD LTE. With the cut in base price of spectrum and efficiency of 900MHz spectrum cutting down cost of setting up towers, it is a viable choice for any operator. What remains to be seen is does Videocon have the resources to outbid AVOID group? Coz if AVOID loses its 900MHz spectrum they would have to re locate services to 1800MHz and be forced to set up new towers which they will not want to do, so there is going to be tough competition in bidding.

  • rajiev October 7, 2013 3:06 pm

    aaaaah! long awaited gud news for delhi.

  • rama October 7, 2013 2:42 pm

    Videocon should rather concentrate on existing circles and forget about 900mhz spectrum in delhi NCR even if it were kolkata i could understand
    All i want to say videocon

  • SS October 7, 2013 1:58 pm

    They must jump from 2g then LTE and again 2G.

    They must focus on the circles where they are operating else if they spead their operations here and there, they will meet the same fate as aircel.

    Now regarding delhi, they must forget competing with airtel and vodafone! and
    We know WHY THE SHOULD!

    • Saurabh October 7, 2013 3:57 pm

      @SS, It is a way by Videocon to make some news. Remember they first applied for CDMA auction also and later withdrawn their name. Later they made comment that they will go Pan-India in 1800 MHz band and will participate in future auctions. Now this 900 MHz… But yes, they have the strength to bid if it is only for one circle. I have mentioned the reason why they can bid in 900 MHz down there in reply to someone.

  • Tharun George October 7, 2013 1:57 pm

    Does videocon have enough money to Outbid AVoId?
    Videocon will need to spend more than what it spend for 6 circles in last auction to get 900MHz in delhi. Better go for 1800MHz in delhi.

    • Saurabh October 7, 2013 3:50 pm

      @Tharun, Govt has got nothing from Videocon in Nov, 2012 auction for 6 circles as they chosen to pay in staggered way. The license fee of Rs.1650 crores they paid in 2008 was also set off against their payment of Rs.2120 crores. The balance amount is Rs.470 crores. They have also asked DoT to return bank guarantees they provided in 2008 and if that happens they will get money from Govt instead of giving to them. So for those 6 licenses they have to pay nothing to Govt in next 6 years except the SUC i.e Spectrum Usage Charge.

      As far as money is concerned Videocon as a group is very large but whether they allocate funds for telecom subsidiary more is still a question as already they are not investing enough in their already owned circles. So company has to look at telecom services seriously rather than just making comments. They told to launch 4G LTE in July this year but now postponed it to next year as they themselves know that they won’t get good customers as devices are not present in the market ans those which support LTE 1800 band are costly.