Vodafone’s 2G services will now be operational in 14 service areas as the government has finally allocated spectrum to the operator that it won during the bidding in November last year, according to a PTI report on the Hindu. Vodafone had won additional 2G spectrum for Rs 1,127.94 crore, which was freed after the 2G license cancellation happened last year. However, the operator had since then been waiting for the government to issue it the license to use this spectrum. Also Read - Airtel vs Vi vs Jio: Best prepaid plans with 3GB daily high speed data
In November last year, the government had put up the 2G airwaves freed from the 122 license cancellation for sale. For this, the government had received a cold reaction from the operators, as it could barely fetch Rs 9,407.64 crore against the estimated minimum value of Rs 28,000 crore for the airwaves.
Vodafone along with other operators had participated in the bidding for additional spectrum in this auction, in which the operator had won the bid to operate in circles including Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, North East, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh East and West, Punjab and West Bengal.
Vodafone is the second company after the Videocon to receive spectrum from the government, while the rest of the participants including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Telewings Communications (Uninor) are yet to be issued the spectrum. However, the report suggests that the process is on and other companies will be allocated their spectrum soon.