COAI moves TDSAT seeking cancellation of Tata's GSM spectrum

Last Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 21:33

New Delhi: Industry body COAI that represents GSM operators Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone has moved telecom tribunal TDSAT seeking cancellation of licence and GSM spectrum of Tata group companies TTSL and TTML.

In a petition, COAI has requested the tribunal to direct Department of Telecom (DoT) to modify or amend the order issued on February 15 cancelling 122 licences after Supreme Court verdict in this regard.

According to the petition, a total 141 licences need to be cancelled including that of Tata Tele Services Ltd (TTSL) and Tata Tele Service Maharashtra (TTML)as the apex court had ordered cancellation of all licences issued in 2008 by then Telecom Minister A Raja.

TTSL and TTML, which offer services in both GSM and CDMA platforms, were issued GSM spectrum in 2008. Before that they were offering services in CDMA technology only.

"Hold and declare that 141 blocks of spectrum allocations (which includes spectrum allocated to Respondent number 2 and 3) freed up pursuant to cancelling and quashing of spectrum allocation (under the judgement dated 02.02.2012 passed by the Supreme Court) have to be put in the pool for public auction of spectrum," said COAI and the operators in their petition.

TTSL and TTML are respondent No 2 and 3 respectively.

The petition requests the TDSAT to "direct the DOT to amend modify/rectify its Record and its Press Release dated February 15, 2012 to the extent that it refers to 122 licences as being cancelled, to bring it in conformity with the directions given by the Supreme Court in the judgement dated February 2, 2012".

Earlier, COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews had written to Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar saying that the DoT has failed to comply with the February 2 order of the Supreme Court.

"Direct the DoT to produce the records of the case and all the case files, including Applications, Responses of TTSL, spectrum allocation figures and calculation sheets maintained by the DoT," said COAI in its petition.

When contacted TTSL declined to comment. AUSPI, the lobby group of CDMA and dual technology operators, could not be reached.


First Published: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 21:33
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