WLL Ruling: Players Look To TDSAT

New Delhi: | Updated: May 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
With the hearings on long drawn wireless in local loop mobile (WLL-M) case slated to be concluded soon, all eyes will now turn to the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) for its order. The tribunals judgment if acceptable to the parties involved, would pave the way for full fledged services.

The final hearing in the WLL case will come up for hearing on Monday, when the cellular side will put forth its rejoinder.

The hearing is expected to be over either on the same day or by Tuesday.

But the judgment could get delayed as the TDSAT would then be open for just another fortnight. Starting June 1, TDSAT will be closed for a month on account of vacations. The tribunal will resume functioning on July 1.

However, industry sources point out that the case may again be long drawn depending on the order. Either of the parties could move the Supreme Court if it doesnt find the solution acceptable.

Additionally, there is the ongoing case in the Supreme Court on showing of privileged documents to the parties.

TDSAT had been continuing its hearing on the limited mobility issue without insisting that the government submit the records of correspondence between the telecom regulator and the government as the case is being heard in the Supreme Court.

The TDSAT continued with the hearing after the cellular operators requested the tribunal to continue doing so. They had given an undertaking in Supreme Court that they would not seek inspection of the files containing the records on which the government had claimed privilege.

The issue came up when the government moved the Supreme Court after TDSAT had directed it to file all correspondence and letters relating to the limited mobility issue.