Telecom tribunal TDSAT today set aside US-based Qualcomm’s plea opposing reduction in the validity of licence period for the wireless broadband spectrum allotted to the company and changes in the service roll-out obligations.
A TDSAT bench,headed by its Chairman Justice S B Sinha,set aside the Department of Telecom’s (DoT’s) direction reducing the licence period and time for completing roll-out obligation.
DoT had reduced the validity of Qualcomm’s Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum to 18 years and six months,from 20 years.
Besides,Qualcomm’s roll-out obligation period was also reduced from five years to three-and-a-half years,which was challenged by the company before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Qualcomm had won the BWA spectrum in four circles Delhi,Mumbai,Kerala and Haryana — for Rs 4,900 crore through bidding in 2010.
As per the Notice Inviting Application,companies had the right to use BWA spectrum for a period of 20 years from the date of awarding of spectrum block.
Qualcomm got the spectrum after a legal battle with the DoT.