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Vodafone takes DoT to HC for not renewing circle licences

Vodafone India on Thursday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the government decision not to renew its licences in key circles of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata beyond November 2014.

'The DoT arbitrarily rejected Vodafone's applications for extension... Accordingly, Vodafone is constrained to take the legal recourse by challenging DoT's arbitrary rejection of its extension applications as this matter can potentially cause grave inconvenience to millions of customers in these 3 circles,' the company said in a statement.

It added: 'Vodafone India Ltd (VIL) is taking all required actions, including legal, to ensure extension and continuity of its licenses in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, as per the provisions of policy and license and repeated assurances by DoT and Ministry in the past.'

The telecom operator had earlier sought the extension under Clause 4.1 of the licence agreement. The government can extend the period of licence by 10 years at one time if the request is made by the operator during the 19th year of the licence period. However, the Department of Telecom (DoT) rejected the demand of Vodafone and asked the mobile operator to bid for airwaves to continue services in these areas.
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