Idea Cellular to stay away from 700 MHz spectrum

Idea Cellular has said that the company is not looking at the 700 MHz spectrum band for mobile broadband.

“We have seen how the 2300 MHz spectrum which was auctioned in 2010 still remains unused as services are yet to be launched on this band. This should, therefore, discourage us from looking at the 700 MHz band for the immediate present,” said Rajat Mukarji, chief corporate affairs officer at Idea Cellular.

However, the company has posted 39.4 billion MB mobile data volume on Idea’s 2G and 3G network with a 21.3 percent quarterly growth. In the meantime, the main growth driver for mobile broadband is Idea Cellular’s 3G growth strategy. Plus, the company has launched more than 20 models and sold over 800,000 units in its 3G markets in two years.

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On the other hand, the telecom service providers have warned that nearly 100 million customers will be impacted due to delay in extending the spectrum license in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi.

In addition, Idea Cellular, which won 5MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band in Delhi, the telecom carrier will try to ensure the smooth transition for consumers as existing operators would not be required to migrate their systems to different frequency bands.

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