Videocon Mobile Services gets new telecom licence from DoT

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 23:33

New Delhi: Department of Telecom is believed to have issued new telecom licence to Videocon for operations in six telecom circles for which it won spectrum in November 2012 auction.

"Yes, Unified Licence (AS) has been issued to them (Videocon Mobile Services)," a DoT source said.

However, it could not be officially confirmed with DoT or the company.

The company will have to shift to Unified Licences when the final guidelines of the licences will be released, the source added.

This is the first licence that DoT has issued after 2008 to a company for providing mobile telephony services.

Videocon had to acquire fresh spectrum in auction after Supreme Court canceled its 21 permits along with 101 other 2G licences in February 2012.

The company in November 2012 won spectrum in six telecom circles -- Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East and West -- for Rs 2,221.44 crore.

As per rules, the company can use the 5 megahertz of spectrum allocated to it through auction in each circle for deployment of any technology.

Videocon has operations in Punjab but it can provide only 2G services using the airwaves allocated to it in the state.


First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 23:33

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