Idea asks DoT to issue LoIs for nine circles

Written by Corporate Bureau | New Delhi, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 05:07am hrs
Idea Cellular has written to the department of telecommunications (DoT) requesting it to issue the letter of intents (LoI) in nine circles as the company has already blocked financial resources for the same, but can t effect payment due to delay in issuance of LoIs.

In a letter to the DoT secretary and chairman, telecom commission, DS Mathur, Idea s chief corporate affairs officer Rajat Mukarji said, We write further to our letter of December 20, 2007, where we asked the DoT to issue our long overdue 9 LoIs forthwith. The unified access service licence guidelines required the DoT to have done so 18 months ago.

The company s applications for UASL in Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Karnataka, Punjab, Orissa, West Bengal, Kolkata, Assam, North East, and Jammu & Kashmir are pending since June 2006. The UASL guidelines require applications to be decided, as far as practicable, within 30 days of the submission of the application. As per these guidelines, the DoT was required to issue LoIs to Idea by July 2006.

In any event, it is now over 500 days from the date of applications. Meanwhile we have sent 8 letters of reminder, apart from 7 personal meetings. ...These are against the LoIs due to us, it said.

Idea also warned DoT that any manipulation of initial spectrum allocation priority, achieved through manipulation of dates of payment demands, would constitute an assault on government policy.