US asks India for a fair consideration of Telcordia`s case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 21:55
New Delhi: The US embassy has requested India to give telecom company Telcordia Technologies, whose licence has been recommended for revocation by Ministry of Home Affairs, a fair chance to present its case.

Telcordia is one of the two licensees to implement in India mobile number portability, which allows users to change operators without changing numbers.

However, the Ministry of Home Affairs had raised questions about ownership of Telcordia's Indian arm MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions (MITS) and its operations in Pakistan. It wanted the license given to Telcordia to start mobile number portability to be revoked.

Earlier this month, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) also asked the Department of Telecom to address the issues raised by Ministry of Home Affairs.

"In talks with the company and according to media report, I understand that the FIPB and DoT are conducting an inter-governmental post award evaluation of MITS's existing license, casting a shadow of uncertainty over MITS's business operations. I would like to ask that Telcordia Technologies be treated in a fair manner during this revaluation process.

"To date, the company has received no official communication explaining your Government's re-evaluation of its license and operations -- an evaluation that carried important implications for its business in India," said Carmine D' Aloisio, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, said in a letter to Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla. .

"I respectfully urge you to give the company an opportunity to satisfy any outstanding concerns that may rise," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 21:55

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