Vodafone loses India 2G licenses

Vodafone is the latest big-name carrier to lose coverage in India, after authorities rejected its appeal against the re-auction of 2G licenses in the country.
The Department of Telecommunications’ decision means Vodafone must shut down its 2G operations in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, Bloomberg reports.
Vodafone joins Uninor, Sistema Shyam, Idea Cellular, Videocon and Tata Teleservices in losing out to India’s authorities in their fight to have a total of 122 2G licenses renewed. The DoT cancelled the licenses in February 2012 in the wake of a scandal surrounding their award in 2008.