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Breaking News : TRAI to cancel mobile operator licenses
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New Delhi, Nov 18: Following the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report in 2G spectrum scam, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked to cancel 69 licenses given to mobile phone service providers.

Citing the delay in rolling out the services, TRAI recommended to cancel or fine the operators including Uninor, Aircel, Etisalat, Loop and Videocon.

TRAI reviewed that licenses issued in 2008-09 were not done under proper license obligations. TRAI found that license obligations were not met in 34 cases, delay in rolling out the services in 4 cases and services rolled after much delay in 31 cases.

Earlier, CAG report revealed that many new operators, who obtained the initial 4.4 Mhz spectrum in 81 service areas during the period Apr 2008 to Jan 2009, failed to roll out the services in any service area till Dec 31.

According to media reports, TRAI recommended to cancel 8 licenses of Uninor, 5 of Aircel, 15 licenses of Etisalat, 14 licenses of Loop and 10 licenses of Videocon.

From - http://news.oneindia.in/2010/11/18/2g-sc...enses.html

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DoT to hold field survey on rollout obligations of new telcos

Armed with regulator Trai's recommendations to cancel 69 new licences for missing rollout schedule, the Telecom Ministry has asked its internal wing to conduct field survey in cases of each operator before issuing a show cause notices to them.

According to official sources, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked its Telecom Enforcement Resource Monitoring (TERM) cell to collect data after conducting field surveys in case of each operator and submit the report.

This, the officials said, is done by the DoT on its own from time to time to ensure that rollout of services took place as per licence terms and conditions for effective utilisation of the spectrum.

Trai had last week submitted suo moto recommendations asking the government to cancel 69 new licences of five operators, including Etisalat, Uninor and Videocon, issued in January 2008 by former Telecom Minister A Raja as these licensees have failed to roll out services at all or for improper launch of services.

Asked whether DoT may initiate action to cancel the licences, officials said cancellation may not be a viable solution as this would cause hardship to customers and new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal may decide on the matter soon.

The regulator had recommended that licences be cancelled in at least 15 circles given to Etisalat, a company earlier known as Swan that CAG had dubbed as a front company of Anil Ambani group, and 10 circles given to Sistema-Shyam.

Sistema-Shyam, a JV between Shyam group and Russian giant Sistema, has claimed that they have rolled out services in all 22 circles and has over 7 million subscribers in its kitty.

Similarly, Uninor, a JV between Unitech and Telenor of Norway, has rolled out services in 12 circles and was in process to start services in others.

Trai, which had recommended penalty for non-compliance with the rollout obligations, said that this amount could be huge. "So, we had suggested that these licences should be cancelled. This would vacate enormous amount of spectrum (radio waves) and this can be given to companies that are serious about meeting the schedule," Trai report has said.

As per the conditions of licence, the licensees are required to roll out the services in 90 per cent service areas in metros and 10 per cent district headquarters in other service areas within 12 months of the date of award of licences.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/n.../116671/on


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