Even as the government mopped up over Rs 2,000 crore from basic telecom operators migrating to unified access licensing, the Supreme Court has fixed Monday as the date of hearing for the cellular operators application seeking stay of the wireless in local loop (WLL) operations. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Thursday sought a direction to the government to maintain status quo regarding the number and type of cellular mobile licences issued separately or along with any other type of licence. They had also sought permission of the court to bring on record recent developments after filing of their appeal challenging an order of the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Meanwhile, as reported by eFE, Tata Teleservices Friday paid around Rs 545 crore to government to migrate to the new single licence regime in its four existing circles Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The company was required to pay an additional entry fee of Rs 69.01 crore for migrating to unified licence in Gujarat circle; Rs 171.83 crore for Karnataka circle; Rs 183 crore for Tamil Nadu (including Chennai circle); and Rs 120.7 crore for Delhi.
With this, the government has received around Rs 2,090 crore during the past three days. While Reliance has paid Rs 1,542 crore, Tata Tele has paid Rs 545 crore and Shyam Tele has paid Rs 2.96 crore, thus taking the total amount to Rs 2,089.96 crore.