Govt to allot telecom licences within two weeks

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, January 31: | Updated: Jan 31 2008, 21:32pm hrs
The government on Thursday said that in the next two weeks telecom licences would be issued to all nine firms that were given Letter of Intent on January 10.

Solicitor General of India Goolam E Vahanvati appearing for the Department of Telecom (DoT) on Thursday informed the sectoral tribunal TDSAT that on January 10 the government had issued 121 LoIs, of which 120 have already complied with its terms and conditions.

However, the DoT said spectrum would be allotted only after the issuance of licences.

As such, the question of allocation of spectrum in these cases would arise only after the issuance of licences, said the government in the note submitted to the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.

Governments reply came while TDSAT was hearing a case filed by BK Modi-controlled Spice Communications. Spice has challenged DoTs rejection of an application by the telecom operator, in which it sought a pan-India licence, on the ground of networth.

Spice, which operates in Punjab and Karnataka, was allotted LoIs for four additional circles by the DoT.

TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar has listed the matter for next hearing on February 12.