Vodafone spends £1.9bn on Indian 4G spectrum

Vodafone India said Friday it has spent £1.9bn (INR19,645 crores) on spectrum licenses for 11 circles in the country.

The operator acquired a total of 23MHz in the 900MHz band in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and 49MHz in the 1800MHz band in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, UP East, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.

A total of £540m is payable in financial year 2013/2014 with the remainder payable in instalments starting in 2017.

The company said it has established a strong platform for 4G data services by buying 1800MHz spectrum in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala, which account for more than 50 per cent of data revenues and are expected to drive the adoption of 4G, as was the case after the introduction of 3G services in 2010.

Vodafone India has over 160 million customers, with the number of mobile internet users increasing 38 per cent to 45.7 million in its most recent quarter. Data usage also continues to grow strongly with 3G usage now averaging in excess of 700MB per month, the company said.

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