The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has rejected Vodafone India’s application to renew licenses in three circles that are due for renewal in 2014.
The company said in a statement that the Vodafone is deeply disappointed with the summary rejection of its request for extension of its licenses in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas by DoT. This decision is against the interests of several million of our customers in these cities/circles. Vodafone has also been consistently contributing several crores in revenue to the national exchequer. The incumbent GSM operator had received licenses in 1994 with 20-year tenures. In December 2013, Vodafone India had sought extensions for three telecom licenses Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata expiring in November 2014.In February, the company had moved the Delhi High Court challenging DoT’s decision to auction the 900 MHz spectrum that it holds.