TDSAT adjourns hearing on Qualcomm plea

Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 19:49

New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT Monday adjourned hearing on the plea of Qualcomm after the US-based chipmaker sought more time in a case pertaining to demand for dues on its partner by DoT.
The tribunal posted the matter for hearing on January 2.

During the proceedings, Qualcomm counsel informed TDSAT that some letters have been handed over to the Department of Telecom (DoT) regarding the Rs 146 crore demand from its partner Tulip Telecom.

TDSAT was further informed that consultation between the parties was going on.

On December 9, the tribunal had adjourned its scheduled hearing after DoT had requested for some time to go through the reply filed by Tulip over the dues.

Qualcomm has contended that the amount is based on the gross revenue of Tulip and includes interest as well.

It had further submitted that most of the demand consists of non-telecom business of Tulip, a 13 per cent shareholder in the consortium which had bid for the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

The tribunal was hearing the petition of Qualcomm, which has challenged the DoT notice for cancelling the allotment of BWA spectrum in four circles that it bagged last year in auction.

Qualcomm's application for licence was rejected by DoT on the basis that it had made four nominees for the spectrum. The company feared that its licence may be revoked and spectrum may be allotted to someone else.

On December 2, Qualcomm had sought time to verify the authenticity of the dues claimed by DoT and said that if that was correct, then would pay it.
DoT had also informed the TDSAT that if the dues were verified and cleared by them, then the ISP licence would be given to Qualcomm within a day.

DoT had further submitted that after the grant of ISP licence, Qualcomm would have to apply for spectrum and it would be given in two weeks.

On November 8, TDSAT had directed representatives of Qualcomm and DoT to meet and resolve their differences over grant of BWA spectrum.

Qualcomm had bagged BWA spectrum for Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala circles and LoIs were allotted to it.


First Published: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 19:49

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