New Delhi, Jan. 30: Vodafone today sought withdrawal of the recently issued guidelines for the second round of spectrum auction, terming them “illegal, discriminatory and benefiting one set of players” on a day the department of telecom issued a notice inviting applications for the spectrum sale starting from March 11.
Vodafone said the guidelines were “discriminatory” as they fixed the reserve price of spectrum in the 900MHz band at three times the price of 800MHz, while Trai had recommended both these bands to be treated on a par.
“Fixing the reserve price of the 800MHz band at comparatively low levels benefits a certain set of operators,” Vodafone said in a letter to telecom secretary R. Chandrashekhar while seeking the withdrawal of the guidelines.
Vodafone also said the auction of 900MHz spectrum includes airwaves which are now being used by the company in the Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta circles. Since the spectrum is already being used in its networks, it cannot be put up for auction.
“Since the spectrum is being used extensively in our networks, the same cannot be put for auction,” T.V. Ramachandran, Vodafone India resident director (regulatory affairs and government relations), said in the letter.