DoT to SC: Dual tech licence not in 2G list

The Centre on Wednesday urged before the Supreme Court that the telecom regulator Trai’s decision to permit use of dual technology by Reliance Communications

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2012 1:16 am

The Centre on Wednesday urged before the Supreme Court that the telecom regulator Trai’s decision to permit use of dual technology by Reliance Communications,SSTL and HFCL required no interference as the GSM licences the companies held were different from those cancelled by the verdict in the 2G case.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT),in its affidavit,has stated that there was no reason for it to take back the permit in 2007 that allowed these companies to offer services on both GSM and CDMA platforms.

It said that although a stress has been laid by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) — an industry body representing leading GSM operators — that this decision was also a part of Trai’s recommendations on 2G licences that were cancelled by the SC,it could not be construed that “all decisions based on TRAI’s recommendations dated August 28,2007 on totally unrelated issues are also liable to be set aside”.

The COAI had in March moved the court against the permits given in 2007,asking that dual-technology licences granted be declared malafide,in the light of the court’s own verdict in the 2G case and be redistributed via auctions.

The DoT said in its affidavit that subject and scope of the COAI’s appeal different from the 2G verdict as these licences are technology neutral.

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