Government Wednesday said telecom operators may face heavy penalties or suspension of licences if they fail to stop unauthorised interception of communications and maintain 'extreme secrecy' of citizens' messages.
"We are in the process to finalise the demand notice to telecom operators whose licences were quashed. There is no fix date as when it will be sent but it will be sent within a month," a DoT official said.
The Department of Telecom has estimated that lowering annual spectrum fee as recommended by TRAI will cause the national exchequer a minimum loss of Rs 3,738 crore on renewal of the three licences that are due to expire in 2014.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Saturday sought a discussion in Parliament on the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the pricing of telecom licences and spectrum, saying it was "never placed" for a debate but just voted out.
Government will hold the third round of 2G GSM spectrum auction for the airwaves that were freed following cancellation of telecom licences by Supreme Court in February last year and were not put for auction.
The Government is planning to approach the Supreme Court to seek the extension of August 31 deadline for completing the auction of 2G spectrum freed from the cancellation of 122 telecom licences in February.
Mauritius-based investors in Loop Telecom, besides Sistema and Telenor, have slapped government notices under bilateral investment protection treaties, after Supreme Court cancelled their telecom licences.
Telecom companies seeking fresh licences need not wait for the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 to come in force as they can get it after guidelines for Unified Licences are finalised by the Department of Telecommunications.
Telecom regulator TRAI on Friday proposed that operators need not pay entry fee for migrating to Unified Licences, a draft guideline which if implemented will provide relief to companies that offer only select services like Internet and cellular mobile services.