Vodafone calls for immediate allocation of spectrum

10 Oct 2014

UK-backed operator Vodafone India has called on the government for the immediate allocation of the spectrum it won at auction this February, as the provider has seven weeks before it must switch from using its current 900MHz frequencies in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai to the 1800MHz blocks it won earlier this year. NDTV Profit writes that the company has also asked for a six-month extension on the use of its 900MHz frequencies, from the date that the new spectrum is allocated. In a statement, the company explained that the process of reconfiguring its networks would usually take six months, but due to the technical and implementation issues facing Vodafone, it is unlikely to complete the handover within that timeframe. As such, the cellco claimed that the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT’s) delays may have ‘repercussions bigger than any other quality of service issue seen in the history of mobile telecom in India.’