Delhi: Idea Cellular against extension of licenses for Airtel and Vodafone

Idea CellularIdea Cellular has opposed the extension of licenses for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in the Delhi circle. Earlier, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone had asked DoT an extension in license for 6 more months after November citing the delay in spectrum allocation which has led to a delay in re-configuring the network in the new spectrum.

“Any delay in spectrum allocation beyond 30.11.2014, would result in delay in the launch of Idea services on the said 900 MHz spectrum by an equivalent period, and is totally unacceptable,” Chief Financial Officer of Idea, Akshaya Moondra wrote in a letter to DoT.

Idea added that it should be soon allocated the bandwidths in the 900 MHz where they paid Rs. 926 crore and provided a bank guarantee of Rs. 547.16 crore.

“Any delay would make us incur loss on account of interest cost for each day of delay without corresponding revenue,” Idea said, adding that the interest cost on its investment was Rs 1.02 crore a day.

The reason for the extension of Airtel and Vodafone permits is that the blocks of bandwidth they have been awarded within the 900 MHz band are different from what they currently hold in the band, requiring the operators to re-configure their networks. Idea added that these operators retain the airwaves they currently hold and that the remainder in that band be awarded to their company.

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November 6, 2014 11:38 am 11:38 AM

I am going to visit maharashtra and Goa. could you please help me, which operator has good network among tata docomo and aircel?

Thanks in advance.

November 6, 2014 2:55 pm 2:55 PM

Use Vodafone or IDEA. Both have excellent coverage.

November 6, 2014 1:53 pm 1:53 PM

Both Aircel & Tata Docomo Provide Wrost Network Here In Maharashtra..Tata Docomo Is Having Better Coverage Than Aircel..But In Small Cities,Both Of Them Having Almost 0 Coverage..Plus Point Of Tata Docomo Is They Have 3G In Maharashtra Circle..You Should Choose Idea For Good 2G & 3G Network Vodafone Is Also Good.

November 6, 2014 10:51 am 10:51 AM

Idea is getting too greedy and excited for the 900Mhz spectrum and the benefits associated with it in terms of revenue, network coverage, 3G etc.

November 6, 2014 2:21 pm 2:21 PM

Absolutely.Why wont they?3G on 900 mhz is quite valuable.

November 6, 2014 7:26 am 7:26 AM

seems planned..but fair enough to ask for spectrum…