to all eligible players on the date of their application (if applied on or before September 25, 2007).
In the second, DoT had asked the dual-technology applicants to collect DoTís response on the same day at a specified time.
Rao noted that both DoT and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had correctly understood the meaning and purport of the Supreme Courtís directions.
He added that the interpretation by various groups that 141 UAS licences ought to have been cancelled, and not 122, ďis not correctĒ.
"The language of the Supreme Court judgment was very clear and unambiguous and it needed to be read and understood with reference to the two press releases issued on January 10, 2008," said the senior advocate in his opinion.
The move also benefits Reliance Communication, which has 22 dual technology licences in the country. RComís UAS licences were amended on October 18, 2007, to also include offering GSM services.
Earlier, COAI had lobbied that the number of licences to be cancelled to go up to 163.
The industry body, which lobbies for incumbent GSM players, also wanted the spectrum given to RCom under the dual-technology route to be taken back.
It had also sought a separate ruling from the Supreme Court.
Tata Teleservices' CDMA licences for the three circles -- of J& K, Northeast and Assam (which it got in 2008) are among the 122 quashed by the Supreme Court directive.
Other companies who got their licences cancelled include Uninor, Loop telecom, Etisalat DB, Videocon, STel, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Idea Cellular.