Mobile Services In Delhi May Get Effected Due to Delay In Frequency Allocation: TRAI

By October 18th, 2014 AT 2:37 PM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has warned that telecom services in Delhi may be disrupted partially from December, blaming DoT’s delay in fresh spectrum allocation to Airtel and Vodafone. Note that Vodafone and Airtel, together control 45 percent of total subscriber base in Delhi, roughly 20 million mobile subscribers.


The two telcos have their permits expiring this November and had acquired fresh spectrum in February 2014 through the auctions. Each telcos held 8MHz spectrum in the 900MHz spectrum band earlier but Airtel managed to snag only 6MHz and Vodafone 5MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz spectrum band. To compensate the lost spectrum in the 900Mhz band, each bought additional spectrum in the less efficient 1800Mhz spectrum band.

vodafone-new-logoThe Department of Telecom is yet to allocate frequencies to Airtel, while it has already allocated it to Vodafone after an eight month delay. Telcos like Vodafone have informed that it would take a week to deploy 1800MHz frequency assigned to it, nine weeks to free 3MHz spectrum in 900MHz band that it lost and three weeks for changing frequencies in the same band that are presently being held by Airtel.

Previously, the Cellular Operators Association of India wrote to DoT for immediate assignment of spectrum. TRAI is concerned that the delay might affect consumers in Delhi.

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Well delhities, there isn’t much to worry about. The big two of delhi nearly rule the state in terms of subscribers and services and i am certainly sure that they will find a work around for that and for people being concerned about 1800MHz band, please remember that in a densely populated area of delhi where you have to cover a relatively smaller area, 1800 Mhz can prove a bit more reliable. Unlike others, i think that services will be better than now if the network is setup wisely. FYI- BSNL, uses combination for 900 and 1800 MHz to obtain… Read more »


no matter what happens its the consumer who has to pay for the losses be it government or be it the telecom company . the quality of service is already very poor in terms of call connectivity and frequent call dorps and now this 1800 MHZ of spectrum will reduce the coverage of both of these players.

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