Vodafone loses appeal over its spectrum licence extension in six circles

The Supreme Court of India (SCI) has rejected Vodafone India’s plea to extend the validity of the operator’s licences in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (East) circles. The operator’s licences in the seven circles will expire in December 2015.


Earlier, Vodafone had approached the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for an extension of these licences for a period of 10 years but DoT’s refusal made the telecom operator move to SC seeking interim relief against the decision.

The company argued the department has no legal right to put the allocated spectrum to auction as the service provider is entitled to extension of licences along with already allotted spectrum “on fair and reasonable terms” for its continued usage.

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Vodafone had also requested the apex court to abstain DoT from selling the frequency airwaves in the 900 MHz band in these circles in the upcoming auction in February 2015. However, the court has rejected Vodafone’s request to put a stay.

In this regard, the court has stated that since the auction is a process and due only in February 2015, there would not be much progress expected in the process of auctioning till the next hearing date of the litigation. Therefore, any stay on the auction process is not required.

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December 23, 2014 12:46 am 12:46 AM

Sad news only for Vodafone and it’s employees. Consumers can port to any network even if Vodafone fails to continue service due to shortage of spectrum. If Vodafone don’t want to buy spectrum, they can just quit the field.

Ankur H Patel
December 22, 2014 8:44 pm 8:44 PM


December 22, 2014 2:06 pm 2:06 PM

Vlodafone’s case was anyway baseless, they were just taking a chance by going to court just in case the hearing would be in their favor and they wouldn’t need to shell out that much cash in buying fresh spectrum. If it was so unfair on Dot’s part to auction the spectrum currently allocated to another operator then they shouldn’t have bid for the 900MHz spectrum held by loop Mobile in Mumbai on which it was currently actively operating. Vodafone simply wants to interpret any clause to their own favor.

Kanaga Deepan N
December 23, 2014 12:16 pm 12:16 PM

Yes… Vodafone is a combination of an always complaining school kid and crying crocodile…

December 22, 2014 4:21 pm 4:21 PM