Delayed Airtel and Vodafone spectrum allocation, How will it affect the customers?

By October 8th, 2014 AT 2:15 PM

The ongoing spectrum battle has reached a new pinnacle with the countries biggest operators Airtel and Vodafone battling out with Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for not facilitating the extension. The spectrum was won by the operators way back in February but still has not been allocated to the operators causing a delay of more than six month. The licence is set to expire next month.

It is believed the telcos are contemplating moving court seeking a one year extension in their 20 year licence contract, apart from seeking compensation from DoT in lieu of interest on the amount they paid to the government post the auction of spectrum.

How will it affect the customers?

Although this entire ordeal will financially burden the telcos it is the end customers who have to bear the wrath of this lapse. Both these operators have a huge subscribers base of nearly 60% in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi and they would need an additional 6-12 months to setup the equipments after the allocation of the spectrum. Airtel also needs to setup the additional spectrum it obtained in the 900 Mhz band. This issue will result in difficulties in connection of the calls and make way for higher rate of call drops. It wont be a surprise if Airtel and Vodafone subscribers experience extreme connectivity issues till this problem gets sorted out.

Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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Surprisingly these two and others are hunting, haunting and poaching the wailing Loop to have their pound of flesh. All are raining offers to subscribers and even to retailers that stretch to months… ! What an irony, together they cartel when they themselves are in dire straights……


It won’t affect the customers because most of the customers are already affected with :
> worst and shameless 2G speed
> worst, shameless and heartless 3G speed
> $*cking customer care (indirect impact on the customer base)

gurunandana v
gurunandana v

i agree
dirty 2g speeds excluding airtel @ bangalore
3g speed 128kbps when travelling in and around bangalore


CDMA players are free to increase their network speed as their wish. But if a GSM operator wants to upgrade the network, it needs to shell out huge amount of money in the name of spectrum. What the hell is going on here?.

This is the approximate logic point :
Spectrum fee increases by 5 times = Call, data and SMS rate gets increased by 10 times (for each category) !!!
What the hell !!!!


Have you noticed one thing?. Aircel karnataka’s 2G speed (25 KB / s) is more than the 3G speed (5 KB / s) in the Bangalore city junction area !!!. I tried using with Aircel Tamilnadu SIM when I went there.

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APpL€ LoVeR™

Hey Sudhakar in Keralam Bharti Airtel’s 2G speed is also 5KBps and voice has a blurred characteristic of very bad quality(aircel, i don’t know).

gurunandana v
gurunandana v

3g services will be choked in a packed area.. like city centre
i face same with 2g also in hugely populated area

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