TDSAT Reconfirms Vodafone India Licenses, Spectrum are Technology Neutral

TDSAT Reconfirms Vodafone India Licenses, Spectrum are Technology NeutralVodafone, in a letter to DoT and the Empowered Group of Ministers, has pointed out that the TDSAT Order dated 01.08.12 in Petition No. 461 of 2012 is a re-confirmation that its licenses and spectrum are already technology neutral.

It was submitted that this was evident from the fact that the Tribunal whilst narrating the facts has recorded that “The basic facts of the matter is not in dispute.” and whilst narrating these facts has noted that:

“The petitioners are licensees according to them there cannot be any doubt or dispute that the licenses granted to the Petitioners are technology neutral and consequently they are entitled to use the spectrum allocated to them pursuant to or in furtherance of the license granted in their favour in any manner whatsoever and irrespective of the nature of the spectrum.”

It was further pointed out that the Petition has been held to be non-maintainable on the grounds that the guidelines which had been challenged had not attained finality nor were they capable of being enforcement against existing licensees. The Tribunal however gave Vodafone the liberty to approach the Tribunal again as and when the occasion arises.

Vodafone has thus submitted to DoT and the EGOM that given the undisputed fact that they are entitled to use the spectrum allocated to them in any manner whatsoever and irrespective of the nature of the spectrum, DoT should not take any decision unilaterally amend the technology neutrality/ already liberalized spectrum, enshrined in the Agreement as this may constitute an arbitrary and illegal action.

It was also stated that any further decision that is contrary to this well entrenched principle will be equally arbitrary, illegal and bad in law.

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August 25, 2012 11:53 pm 11:53 PM

please dont use vodafone 3g in transyamuna area of delhi, speed average only 3-50 kbps, yes u c rightly. Idea is best in these area. Telling this after personally experiencing and wasting thousands of rupees on scamsters like reliance netconnect+, very average providers like vodafone. Mtnl offered decent but fluctuating speeds.

August 7, 2012 6:21 pm 6:21 PM

hello zeeshan, today i bought BSNL sim and i got offer with full talktime and some free calls. My hand set is nokia c2 which is dual phone. Now i need one more sim card. Pls guide me, i am bit confuse between reliance, idea, airtel and vodafone or if any one. Pls suggest which one would be best for second sim.

August 5, 2012 10:38 am 10:38 AM

If dot takes action against airtel, vodafone and Idea for providing 3G services where they do not have spectrum then 3G of Airtel will stop working. 3G of Airtel will work same as vodafone as Airtel also uses Idea’s 3G network. As far as 2G in concerned only three operators operates on 900 Mhz. 1. BSNL, 2. Idea and 3. Idea. Choice is yours. Best of luck. @Fahad

August 5, 2012 4:39 am 4:39 AM
@zeeshan Thanks and ya I have both sims of bsnl …. 2g and 3g…. Few months back I used to get speeds Up to 5-6 mbps on my both sims but now I hardly get 300 kbps ….reliance provides me speeds Up to 1 mbps and tata up to 700kbps but here mtnl gives me constant 2.4 mbps except at evening time when speed gets a bit slower and often disconnects…. in bsnl I hardly get connected to 3g as most of the time their won’t be any link…. Used 3g on vodafone today and it was fantastic …. Coverage… Read more »
August 5, 2012 3:36 am 3:36 AM
If your MTNL SIM is working fine on 3G it means there is no problem with the network of BSNL. It means there might be issue with your SIM card or mobile settings. Two kinds of SIM are sold by BSNL here. One is normal 2G and other is USIM or 3G. If do not have USIM kindly upgrade to it. This may solve your problem. If you are frequent roamer BSNL will be best for you for both 2G and 3G. Only four players got the 3G license in MP and CG 1. BSNL, 2. Reliance, 3. Idea and… Read more »
August 5, 2012 1:36 am 1:36 AM


August 5, 2012 1:23 am 1:23 AM
@zeeshan Can you tell me which is the best network for using gprs and 3g in Bhopal…. Tata is pathetic at hoshangabad road no network at home videocon is not allowing to use its gprs packs on Android phones and dongles… Vodafone gives me 25 to 38 KBps but only after 12 am …. Reliance 3g is pathetic bsnl and tata…. Do you know anything about airtel as I haven’t used it …. At present I am using my mtnl no. for 3g services which is better compared to all other…. But still I am confused that when I… Read more »
August 5, 2012 12:34 am 12:34 AM

so now as per your information idea is operating on 900 and bsnl is also on 900. So between this 2 which one is best and reliable.

August 4, 2012 11:43 pm 11:43 PM

BSNL has 900 Mhz spectrum in every circles. 900 Mhz provides better coverage than 1800 Mhz. Lesser will be the Hz, more will be the coverage.

August 4, 2012 10:51 pm 10:51 PM

thanks zeeshan for suggestion. on which Mhz BSNL operates in M.P. and which frequency is good 900 or 1800. which gives best network?


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