Vodafone India has moved the High Court to file a petition against the Department of Telecom for not taking any action in order to extend the operator’s licenses for Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata circles. Vodafone had asked the DoT for extension of its licenses which are set to expire in November 2014, but the government has instead directed the operator to bid for the airwaves, going by the terms of the new National Telecom Policy. Also Read - Tata Docomo offers new prepaid plan with 4GB data and 56-day validity at Rs 165
Vodafone had got its licenses to operate in these circles in 1994, with service validity for next twenty years. Vodafone approached the government on the basis of a clause in the agreement stating that the government will be authorized to extend the license period by 10 years on one-time basis on request of the operator.
“Vodafone believes it has the right to extension as both, applicable policy (National Telecom Policy ‘99) and license, provide for extension and continuity,” justified the company in its statement.
“The 900MHz and 1,800MHz spectrum allocated to Vodafone is embedded in the license and extension necessarily means the extension of embedded spectrum,” the company added.
According to Vodafone, “The DoT arbitrarily rejected Vodafone’s applications for extension without due consideration of the substantive points raised there in.”
“Vodafone is taking all required actions, including legal, to ensure extension and continuity of its licences in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, as per the provisions of policy and licence 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,” the company has stated.