Vodafone India seeks extension of licenses in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata

Vodafone India has sought extensions of its licenses in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata which is expiring in November 2014. The incumbent GSM operator had received licences in 1994 with 20-year tenures. It has 24 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz band, which is the best quality spectrum, across these circles.

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In its letter to the Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar, Vodafone sought the extension under clause 4.1 of the licence agreement. Under the agreement, the government can extend the period of licence by 10 years at one time if the request is made the operator during the 19th year of the licence period.

In addition to other licence conditions remaining same, Vodafone has asked for continuation of existing spectrum too.

“The 19th year of licence has commenced on 29.11.2012 for Mumbai,” Vodafone said in its letter, adding, “We request you to extend the period of our licence …On terms to be mutually agreed”.

Similar letters were sent for the other two circles, which completed the 19th year on November 30, 2012. “The decision of the licensor shall be final in regard to the grant of extension,” it said.

The government is working on conducting auction of spectrum in 900 MHz band for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata circles during this financial year, but it is yet to decide on the final date for auction.

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BHAGWANT SINGH
December 21, 2012 11:17 am 11:17 AM

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AND ONE THING MORE BLODDY AIRTEL WHO DONT EVEN BID FOR 3G LICENCE IN PUNJAB WIL LAUNCH OR NT.THEY TALKING ABOUT 4G IN PUNJAB……………………

Esmail
December 21, 2012 10:43 am 10:43 AM
There is no chance that TRAI would approve this request. The year in which the License agreement was framed was 1994 the telecom scene at that time was very different than what it is today. the government has huge hopes of gaining crores of rupees from the 900 MHz refarming and auctioning. After the decision of empowered group of ministers, Vodafone will only be allowed to hold 4.4 MHz of spectrum in 900 MHz band and the rest will be put up for auction, the base price of 900Mhz will be twice that of 1800 Mhz, and Vodafone will have… Read more »
Anshu
December 21, 2012 6:02 am 6:02 AM

Airtel give one more shock!! From today they will give only 650MB internet in rs 98 with validity 21 days.Today i got message from airtel.

customer
December 21, 2012 6:17 pm 6:17 PM

really?..where are you from?

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