Indian mobile network operator Uninor, a joint venture between Norwegian telecoms group Telenor and Indian real estate developer Unitech, has reportedly approached the country’s telecoms regulator with a request that it be allocated a further 1.8MHz of 2G spectrum in eight circles, Moneycontrol reports. The cellco is understood to have called on the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for the extra spectrum after having met existing subscriber-linked criteria for the new frequencies; having already been issued with 4.4MHz of 2G spectrum in its operational regions, Uninor claims that it has now signed up enough subscribers to be issued with additional frequencies under existing regulations. Despite the ongoing issues regarding 2G licensing and the scandal that has dominated the wireless sector in recent months, as well as continued claims of spectrum scarcity, Sigve Brekke, head of Telenor Asia’s operations, said that his company remained confident the extra frequencies would be issued.
The executive also noted that, while it does not foresee any immediate consolidation in the market, future acquisitions have not been ruled out. ‘We want to grow organically and are catching up with our competitors … We are open for acquisitions, but that’s not mandatory to make our business profitable. We will look at it if it makes financial sense. For now, our focus is on organic growth or scaling up our operations.’