Indian Government allocates new spectrum to Vodafone in 14 circles
Indian Government has allocated 2G spectrum to Vodafone in all 14 service areas, according a recent report from PTI. Vodafone had won spectrum in 14 circles including Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, North East, Orissa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh East and West and West Bengal back in November, 2012. Last year Supreme Court of India cancelled 122 2G licenses and the spectrum was freed up later. Last year’s 2G spectrum auction saw poor response which got bids worth just Rs. 9,407.64 crore, much lower than their target revenue of Rs. 40,000 crore.
The report also says that the spectrum has been allocated to Vodafone on June 18 and the Wireless Operating Licence will be issued to Vodafone after that. This would let Vodafone improve their services in these places. Videocon that won spectrum in 6 circles including Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East and West circles was allocated spectrum back in March.
Airtel won spectrum in Assam circle, Idea Cellular and Telnor Telenor (Uninor) won spectrum in 7 circles in the auction. These operators are yet to receive spectrum.