Telecom companies like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular Uninor etc who won spectrums in February auction were not allotted their spectrums till last day. COAI said last day that they will knock up PMO if they don’t get their spectrum bands now. This strict mode of Telecos urged DoT officials to look in the matter which today results in immediate spectrum allocation of 1800 MHz to all the winners.
“We had been allotted 1,800 MHz spectrum in all 15 circles but awaiting allocation of the more efficient 900 MHz spectrum secured in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai” a senior Bharti Airtel official said today.
While other telecos gave no reply but according to a leading media house 1800 MHz band had been allotted to all.
To be noted that Telecos are demanding these spectrum from a long time but Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are strongly demanding the 900 MHz spectrum band they won in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata as their existing licence is going to expire in coming month and they don’t want to pause their services in any such case.
According to some leaks DoT will allot 900 MHz band to telecos only when the current licence expires. But Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) is continuously asking DoT to avoid such move as it takes time to shift the bands (old to the new one) and so if bands will be allotted after the expiry of current one, services of all the customers will get interrupted in that particular circle.
Well it looks like Top Telecos will face tough time if they don’t get their spectrum on time.
Apart from that Uninor also got their 1800 MHz spectrum the won in Assam but there was no official comments on their service launch in Assam.