Vodafone India to take legal action, to ensure extension and continuity of its licenses in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata

By May 9th, 2013 AT 4:36 PM

Vodafone India today issued a statement which states that is taking all required actions, including legal, to ensure extension and continuity of its licenses in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, as per the provisions of policy and license and repeated assurances by DoT and Ministry in the past. Vodafone has been operating in conformity to all applicable laws, guidelines and regulations and remains committed to do so.

Vodafone believes that it has right to extension as both, applicable policy (NTP 99) and license, provide for extension and continuity of licenses. The 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum allocated to Vodafone, is embedded in the license and extension of license necessarily means the extension of embedded spectrum.

The DoT, in its decision dated 15 February 2012, has already communicated that the validity of existing mobile licences may be extended for another 10 years at one time, as per the provisions of the extant licensing regime with suitable terms and conditions. Thus, the decision to extend licenses has already been taken by DoT and it is only the terms and conditions of extension that are to be decided.

Vodafone had filed extension applications for the three metro circles with DOT in December 2012. As no decision was forthcoming from DOT for several months, Vodafone filed a petition with Delhi High Court for consideration of the license extension applications. The Honourable High Court directed DOT to consider the extension applications and give Vodafone an effective hearing.

The DOT arbitrarily rejected Vodafone’s applications for extension without due consideration of the substantive points raised there in. Accordingly, Vodafone is constrained to take the legal recourse by challenging DOT’s arbitrary rejection of its extension applications as this matter can potentially cause grave inconvenience to millions of customers in these 3 circles.

Vodafone is a long term player and is willing to pay a fair and reasonable price for the extension of its licenses. It has already invested thousands of crores to build a country wide network and services millions of customers on the basis of trust that the Government as a sovereign entity, adheres to the principles of equity and fair play and acts in good faith for public good and in larger public interest.

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@S.SUDHAKAR To whom roaming is useful??? To the persons who are going to work there OR to the persons who are going on vacation???? If you have sense then you can easily understand that roaming is useful to the persons who visit foreign countries for vacation or short work persons. You don’t have sense… Thats why you are thinking that roaming is for persons who wants to settle in foreign countries… For example if you go to US/England for work purpose ( To work There for long time) do you use international roaming???? Where is your brain??? Worker level persons… Read more »


Talk with sense. No one will get readymade visa upon arrival or within short duration. It will take upto 1 month or so for the company’s temporary visa to be converted to work visa in any country. You senseless. Without proper registration and ID proof, who will give mobile connection in the foreign country?.

In this regard prepaid packs is useful (for short period) till the person gets a proper visa and can use the visa copy to get mobile connection. Understood?.


Statement 1 by you: “How can a common man can afford to pay as high as Rs.1500 for reduced call rates?. Better to buy a local SIM of that country and email his friends and relatives. Simple”
Statement 2 by you: “Without proper registration and ID proof, who will give mobile connection in the foreign country?.”
Both statements are by you and if you think you have posted your 1st statement with SENSE then the second statement is completely NONSENSE. Better shut your mouth or don’t post contradictory statements….


I said only better to buy the SIM of the foreign country in common. To make your empty brain understand I should have mentioned in particular that buying the SIM (in case) if his friends / relatives are there in that country.

I agreed my mistake. You are an unknown creature who refuse to accept mistakes.


Any person going abroad needs its number for at least SMS- bank SMS. Above all, its not that easy to get a local SIM with your passport for some countries.

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