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India's Uninor to Close Networks in Kolkata and West Bengal

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India's Uninor has confirmed that it to shut down its mobile networks in Kolkata and West Bengal next month as it lacks radio spectrum in those circles.

The company saw all its licenses cancelled earlier this year, but is being rolled into Telenor's replacement company which bid for licenses in the recent re-auction. However Telenor did not secure replacement licenses for all the circles that Uninor operates in.

"With no new 1800 Mhz spectrum auctions being indicated by the authorities and 900 Mhz spectrum is also likely not be available to auction winners in 2013, Uninor will have to stop its operations in the two circles of Kolkata and West Bengal on January 19, 2013," Uninor said in a statement.

The company currently has around 5.6 million customers in the affected regions (although only about 60% are active accounts) and are being informed that they will have to empty their prepay balances by January 18th 2013, when the network is due to close down.

The company also did not secure licenses in Mumbai, but the government plans to auction off the unsold spectrum in that city early next year, so the company is currently keeping its network operational pending the outcome of that auction.

The company is also going to have to close down services in 12 other circles where it lacks an ongoing license: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, North East, Assam and Himachal Pradesh.

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