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

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.

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October 9, 2014 12:44 pm 12:44 PM

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……

October 8, 2014 3:27 pm 3:27 PM

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
October 8, 2014 6:15 pm 6:15 PM

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

October 8, 2014 9:45 pm 9:45 PM

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.

gurunandana v
October 9, 2014 8:33 pm 8:33 PM

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

APpL€ LoVeR™
October 9, 2014 8:21 am 8:21 AM

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).

October 8, 2014 9:42 pm 9:42 PM

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 !!!!

October 8, 2014 2:58 pm 2:58 PM

HIGHER MANAGEMENT OF BOTH AIRTEL AND VODAFONE should approach PMO or Mr narendra Modi to expedite the spectrum allocation without any delay!! OR there might the possibility of Reliance headed by Mr mukesh Ambani is making the DOT to dance to his tune to purposefully delay the spectrum to Airtel and Vodafone

October 8, 2014 4:26 pm 4:26 PM

Why to involve PM for every issue. What is Telecommunications minister is doing? What are the DOT officials who are getting salaries doing? The culprits in DOT who are responsible for such delays must be penalised.

October 8, 2014 4:55 pm 4:55 PM

Hey kumar DOT employess are doing nothing but sleeping zzzzzzzzz!!!! And till there palms are greased handsomely they will not move an inch and to top it all Mukesh ambani’s earlier slogan-if you remember KARLO DUNIYA MUTTI MEIN -Yes he did he swallowed entire DOT with his money power and they will inturn dance to his tune thats why i can say -KARLIYA AB DOT/TRAI KO MUTTI MEIN-Reliance.